|1. Bastille Day|
|2. I Think I'm Going Bald|
|3. Lakeside Park|
|4. The Necromancer: I. Into The Darkness/II. Under The Shadows/III. Return Of Prince|
|5. The Fountain Of Lamneth: I. In The Valley/II. Didacts And Narpets/III. No One At The Bridge/...|
Despite their first album not achieving any real success (despite the fact that it was a good album), their sophomore effort shot them to new heights. With the arrival of drummer Neil Peart, Rush began the creative slide that would make them classic progressive hard rock legends. Their sophomore album, Fly By Night, showed the band beginning its progressive period, and they took the progressive stuff one step further later that year. Before 1975 was up, the band released the often overlooked Caress Of Steel. Because it came after the fairly popular Fly By Night and right before the wildly-successful 2112, it tends to go overlooked. Is this an underrated masterpiece, or is it rightfully overlooked? Read on for my review.
This is NOT one of Rush's best albums, but it is a damn fine album nonetheless. And the fact that it is so overlooked is just wrong, because there is some very good material on this album. The first two tracks are the kinds of rocker that you'd expect from a band like Rush in this era. Bastille Day, the opening track, has more of a classic metal sound to it than a classic rock one, and that's a good thing. If the band was setting out to prove that they could do the heavier stuff better, they succeeded well. The often debated I Think I'm Going Bald comes next. If you can ignore the corny lyrics that make up the song and just focus on the instrumentation, this IS a good song. Lakeside Park, the next track, is a bit different. It's a slower and more melodic number, on which Geddy Lee uses vocals that are high-pitched - even by Geddy Lee standards! Nonetheless, the track proves to be very good. Closing out the album are two extra-long, mulit-part epics. The darker of the two, The Necromancer, comes first.Read more ›