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  • If you see many people on this site saying that this album is underrated, then shouldn’t that be a wake up call?Caress Of Steel seems raw and under-produced, but I think that’s what gives the album it’s appeal. It stars of with “Bastille Day”, a rocker with imaginative lyrics. “I Think I’m Going Bald”, despite it’s quirky lyrics, is still a great song. If anything, on this particular track, it’s the music that counts, which rocks and is catchy. “Lakeside Park”, which is probably my least favorite on here, is still a great mellow tune. “The Necromancer”, is the bands first attempt at a 10+ minute epic. Check out the middle section with furious guitar solos. “The Fountain Of Lamneth”, Rush’ first 20 minute epic, once again, if not for the lyrics, the music more than makes up for it. It goes from hard rock, to soothing clasical guitar to pop/hard rock to all out hard rock again. It’s the most progressive on here.Overall, a great effort from Rush. This is what I call the start of Rush’s heavy progressive rock, and it would get more refined as the later releases indicate.

    Posted on December 14, 2009