For my 2112th (count 'em) post, I thought it appropriate to say a few words about what, for me, is the band's signature record.
I don't think it's the very best Rush album, but it's bloody close. It doesn't have the distinctive flair of Hemispheres, or the assured polish and clever craft of Moving Pictures - but it has a power and a drama that set it apart from all of their other records. The title piece especially has a passion and electricity that is unmatched in the entire Rush canon.
Even side two, as it was originally conceived, is beautifully done - much more mature and polished than any of the first three albums, immaculately produced, and here and there performed with touches of the same inspirational power and style of the first side.
They caught lightning in a bottle here, and I don't think they could have done it again if they tried. A work of towering stature; simply magnificent.