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  • CARESS OF STEEL is in my opinion one the most underrated albums to come out of the Seventies. It shows Rush go further into their transition from a Led Zep inspired hard rock band into a technical progressive rock outfit. The album starts out with the rocking “Bastille Day”. This song sounds like something Iron Maiden would do almost a decade later. It is followed by the humorous “I Think I’m Going Bald”. This is the weakest song on the album, but it’s still not bad. Third is the beautiful and laidback “Lakeside Park”. It reminds me of Led Zep’s “Down by the Seaside”.Then we have the two huge concept songs. The first of which is the twelve and a half minute long “The Necromancer”. It is both desolate and hypnotic. Roughly half way through Alex Lifeson treats the listener to one of the most spectacular guitar solos ever recorded. The twenty minute long “The Fountain of Lamneth” finishes the album. It strikes a perfect balance of hard rocking and acoustic guitars. The section called “Didacts and Narpets” has a drum solo that is just as good as Led Zep’s “Moby Dick” or Black Sabbath’s “Rat Salad”. The only thing preventing me from giving this album 5 stars is Geddy Lee’s vocals. I don’t think his singing is anywhere near as bad as some say it is, but you just can’t compare him to someone like Neal Morse or Maynard James Keenan. His bass playing on COS is exceptional however. And it only gets better on their later albums.Overall rating: 4.25 stars.

    Posted on December 14, 2009