Album #357 – 2112

Album #357

2112 is Rush’s magnum opus. One of their most famous albums, it helped launch the Canadian power trio further into the rock stratosphere. I have the great fortune to see Rush at their first of two shows in Halifax in July. The show will be sold out and hopefully the group will play some gems off this album. Side one features the 2112 Suite which is split up into seven parts. Side two has the remaining five tracks. The album, like all great prog rock albums, is a concept album. It looks at life in the year 2112 in which the World and all the planets are controlled  by one group of people. A guitar is then discovered by one person and the battle for creative freedom ensues. This is because The Temples of Syrynx govern not only over people but artistic and creative freedom too.  All of this could only come from the mind of the band’s drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. This album is amazing not only because of the lyrical content but, also because of the production work put in. It must have taken a great deal of work and time to make 2112 a reality. It became Rush’s first big selling album and made them rock icons. Their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month is a long time coming. From  one of the best bands to come out of Canada, 2112 is an album that still remains relevant today and could be a reality in the future. I guess we will never really know. Other highlights include: A Passage to Bangkok, Lessons and Tears. Overall, I give 2112, 4.5 out of 5.

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