Canada, 1978, progressive rock / hard rock

RushHemispheres

An incredible, legendary album, and the only one I know of that picks up with the continuation of the song that ended the previous album. This one opens with the conclusion of the Cygnus saga, the god of balance being born out of the near-cosmos-ending struggle between appetite and intellect, personified as Dionysus and Apollo. Just a perfect, epic song. What follows is a brief criticism of modern politics, and then the album ends with the monumental “La Villa Strangiato”, arguably the best thing Rush ever composed and played, an immortal testament to what the band was capable of.

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