Underrated - one of the band's finest early releases
Apr 22, 2006
CARESS OF STEEL, the third album by Rush, was intended to be the band's big breakthrough album. It was far from that, however; fans and critics alike deemed it a failure. That seems unfair, though. While it's not the band's crowning achievement, CARESS OF STEEL is one of the band's finest early releases, sporting two popular tunes ("Bastille Day" and "Lakeside Park") and the band's first two epics, "The Necromancer" and "The Fountain of Lamnenth". Of course, the album also features the rather ridiculous "I Think I'm Going Bald", but at the very least that song is amusing. At the heart of this album is Alex Lifeson's guitar work, which fluctuates between being strong and powerful and being easy-going and breezy; this is especially apparent on the dreamy "Lakeside Park". Although CARESS OF STEEL was considered a flop, Rush finally had their big breakthrough on their next album: 2112.
While 1975's Caress of Steel is not as widely acclaimed as 2112 or Moving Pictures this album will certainly satisfy any hard rock/progressive/heavy metal fan that is not intimidated by long material (this is a 40 minute album that contains only 5 songs, 2 running over 10 minutes) The trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart will go down in history as one of the greatest power trios in rock and music history. these three can generate more noise than a band … more
First, let me state that I am a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE Rush fan. I listen to at least one of their albums every single day!! I like them all, and my three stars are only in relation to other Rush albums, which get more. But...The two epic tracks on this album deserve scarely a mention. In their next album, 2112, the title track of that was an instant classic. On CARESS OF STEEL, THE FOUNTAINS OF LAMNETH just doesn't get it done. Musically it lacks variety and cohesion. Their earlier album had the semi-epic … more
Although this is one of Rush's most unfocused records, I've always really liked it. I guess the band hadn't quite cohered entirely at this point, and it's a bit weird to have one song about heroes fighting against an evil wizard and another song about getting old and losing your hair. The side-long epic "The Fountain of Lamneth" shows that the band hadn't quite mastered the long format. For one, the song FEELS long (and it is, at twenty minutes), whereas later Rush epics seem to zip by. Still, it's … more
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