Rush – 2112 Reviews


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Only Rush could have pulled this off, and only in the ’70s. 2112–the title suite of the band’s 1976 breakthrough album–is a comically pretentious, futuristic rock opera written by a nerdy drummer and sung by a whiny-voiced geek. It also happens to be a great piece of rock & roll that lifts the listener through a variety of moods and textures from genteel acoustic (“Oracle”) to thrilling metal (“The Temples of Syrinx”). Perhaps realizing that they had taken con (more…)

13 responses to “Rush – 2112 Reviews”

  1. Iduia says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the Greatest Proggressive Rock Albums Ever!
    This album defintely made the band called “Rush” go through the roof, both critically and commercially. Well, at least critically.

  2. Fannie says:

    I'm not die-hard Rush fan, but I know my history of rock & Amazon examination (with an Amazon-host is not significantly less, now in the R & R HoF Definitive 200 Albums list [ # 198]) by Michael Ruby doesn 't quite do justice to either the band or album. The band has been around now for more than 35 years, but critics still harp on the same things: poor voice, demanding texts & Nerdy drummer, because they are for the band to take account of the development and trivializing their early works.
      Further, if someone only reads the Amazon editorial review, he (or she) would feel that after this record, Rush stopped and Prog-Rock Records. I know for a fact that they do not stop songs in 10 minutes, until 1982 the “signals”. It's not as if she suddenly woke up and said, “Hey, the rock critics are right, we are bombastic and arrogant.”
      The review does not mention that all three of the band members are appointed by their colleagues and have each won awards for their musical abilities. At the end, that's the problem with rock critics: They always have their reputation at stake, this is the reason why the professional critics Amazon can not come and say that he likes it without dousing irony in his words & ; campiness. It is uncool for rock critic worth their salt to admit that they actually like Rush, when it cool, Rush would be in the R & R Hall of Fame. So, dear readers, do me a favor and click on YES if you agree with the critic Michael Ruby is not fair to the band or in its reviews.
      By the way, the live version of “2112″ on “phases” is an excellent example of how 1) Geddy Lee's vocals have mellowed over the time and 2) Rush's musicianship has improved since 1976.

  3. Zulema says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    In a nutshell: The essiential Rush album
    This is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and proved to me that Rush is without a doubt my FAVORITE band.

  4. Annabel says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just my thoughts here…
    I have not always been a fan of some of Rush’s songs….but it’s funny, you know after a period of time passes and you hear the same old songs and receive a different take on it…

  5. Ting says:

    This album is the one that led me to the Rush party. It is still one of the best rock albums ever.
      Before 1976, Rush had a competent but average Self-Titled Debut, with bassist / singer Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib), guitarist Alex Lifeson (Alex Zivojinovich, of which the Life-son “is a literal translation), and drummer John Rutsey do the passable imitation of Led Zeppelin. Following the amicable departure Rutsey, Lee and Lifeson was crazy thoughtful lyricist and drummer Neil Peart, whose influence was evident in the next two LPs (_Fly With Night_ and _Caress of Steel_). But although there are many good music on them, the band has not quite found his voice yet.
      Then came _2112_ – without which some of us would never _heard_ their first three albums. This many people have pointed out, including me, I was introduced to it from a junior high buddy was like blown away by it, as I was. With this release, Rush _arrived_ had.
      The title piece, as you surely know, twenty minutes is a science-fiction rock-opera “largely inspired by Ayn Rand's _Anthem_. Do not put that out, you do not have a high opinion of the edge of the work to estimate _2112_. (I do not think much of it as a philosopher myself, although I do some of their non-fiction Atlas Shrugged.) Peart is one of the trailers, and when it comes to the edge, he knew which bits to keep and which to reject .
      Here (as in the other edge-inspired material) he takes on the Right Stuff: individualism, iconoclasm, reason, intellectual self-confidence, respect for human competence and performance, and a deep commitment to political and social freedom. He and the band edge, some things do not: the desire to rock, and the ability to do it very well. (All of these guys were and are the best, the craftsmen have earned the respect of other musicians of all kinds. Unfortunately, they do not know in 1976 what Rand thought rock music.)
      The result is an absolutely blistering first track (originally a “album page”) and a clear vision of how a hymn to the freedom of the individual and failure costs Rock has ever seen. Pretty good work for the three guys in their early twenties – particularly in Heavy Metal, a genre not usually noted for the elevated philosophical discourse.
      The rest is ( “page two”) is decent enough. The best of them, probably, is the sermon TANSTAAFL “Something for Nothing”, but also enjoy “A Passage to Bangkok” (dedicated, incidentally, on another topic does not have the edge) and the lugubrious “Tears” (Text Geddy Lee). The other two tracks – “The Twilight Zone” and “Lessons” (the text on the latter by Lifeson) – are okay, but they are not Rush's best work.
      Well, as much as I love _2112_, I can not say I think it is the best release ever Rush, they followed it with a series of great albums, always pushing continue in that which is retroactive to have “Prog-Rock,” our ears open and our heads, as they went. (And they are not yet done so.) I have my views on the albums are the best, and others have their listeners Rush.
      But that has a special place in history – both Rush history and myself. I still play, and I still as much as I twenty-eight years old. Thanks, guys – me and all the other geeks.

  6. Lindsay says:

    In the midst of the ridiculous radio deals in the late 70's (Disco, Soft Rock, New Wave and poor groups) Rush stood. “2112″ is a great album by an innovative power trio slamming the great melodies.
      Alex, Geddy and Neil have chemistry that you get the feeling during the galloping riff rocking title track. You know what to play and to play, if it is perfectly complementary. This song goes twenty minutes of blazing guitar rips Mellow to work with waterfall sound effects in the background, and it never loses steam. The breathtaking rhythm and lead guitar work, heavy humming the bass lines, drums and other world that one of my favorite Rush tunes. “A Passage To Bangkok” is another Rocking accordance with goofy lyrics about weed, which seems a lot cooler back in the day. “The Twilight Zone” is a kind of commercial sounding melody happy, but the guitar picking in the choir is scary – nice contrast. “Lessons” is a more positive tone heard something similar on “Caress of Steel”, another great disc by the way. The ballad “Tears” (keyboards played by graphic designer, Hugh Syme) is a bit weak, but not bad. However, “Something for Nothing” closes the CD / DVD in great fashion.
      The only possible negative about Rush is many people do not like the nasal whiny voice of Geddy Lee. I never noticed because I was too focused on the musicality, but his singing seems to have dealt with age. I doubt people are listening to this in 2112 and find it as exciting as it seemed in 1976, but musicians (if they still exist), will certainly recognize the incredible talent Lee, Lifeson and Peart.

  7. Damita says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Music CD
    I purchased the CD for my husband and he loves it. It was used, but in great shape. Would purchase from this seller again.

  8. Paddy says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    alvin and the…
    Though I can’t deny the talent of these guys,it’s not my cup of tea.They really should have found someone other than Geddy to sing or simply not had any vocals at all.

  9. Hugo says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A classic Rush
    You won’t be disapponted with this one. If you can only afford one Rush album, get this one.

  10. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    2112 is here in 2009!
    This album made in 76 is a classic
    hard rock melodic album & deserves
    more attention. It’s Rush’s best in
    my opinion & I’m not big fan.

  11. Orenthal says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A very good mid-70s hard rock record
    The album opens miraculously. Cheesy sci-fi sound effects give way to a staccato guitar attack. There are really too many cool riffs in the Overture to count and it is one of…

  12. Nell says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Memories of innocence
    I was driving home from a friends house and listened to this CD that I had stuck in my console. I remember purchasing 2112 on a whim, as an LP, in 1977( freshman year in high…

  13. Yovela says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good but not great
    3 1/2
    A very decently ambitious classic progressive rock album in my opinion, but largely overrated as one of the flagpoints in the genre.

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