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Posted October 1, 2010
This second album to feature Neil Peart had been an overlooked gem for many, including myself. Always had the album but rarely listened to it because, in my quickly and unfairly formed opinion, it lacked the firepower of it's predecessor album "Fly By Night". After recently purchasing the CD - in anticipation of their upcoming concert - and seriously taking the time to listen to it, I've discovered "Caress of Steel" to be an essential stepping stone album that displays some of the origins of Rush's unique style. Outside of the unnecessary narrator, "The Necromancer" not only continues the development of Peart's story-telling sagas but just kicks butt in the middle sequence showing off Peart's masterful drumming and Lifeson's underrated guitarwork. Continued story-telling with "The Fountains of Lamneth" once again showcases the trio's strong suits, ranging from softly lilting lyrics to hard pounding rock and builds a strong foundation for their follow-up musical story-telling triumph in "2112". "Bastille Day" is an excellent lead-off song, dragging you in immediately with Lifeson's catchy opening power riff and Peart's reverberating percussion. "Lakeside Park" shows a slightly softer side of the band, speaking about those heady summer days gone by of our youth. Glad I finally took the time to listen to this album and give the deserved credit to the band for such an enjoyable and diverse collection of awesome Rush music!
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Posted October 1, 2010
This period is their best stuff
Caress may not have done very well on the charts, some of these songs are classics. Necromancer as a whole is an average song but part III ''Return of the King'' is excellent. Lakeside Park and Bastille Day stand out as does side 2 of this record. It isn't their best album but I think it compliments their second album ''Fly By Night'' very well. I think their worst period is from Signals to their next 2 albums after that which includes my least favorite ''Grace under Pressure''.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2009
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