Caress Of Steel... one of the most love or hate albums in the name of prog, probably the most that isn't The Final Cut by Pink Floyd. So what are my thoughts on this album? Do I consider this is a masterpiece like half of Rush fans do, or do I think this is a mess like the other half? Well half the world hates, and half the world loves (laughedatbytime is going to murder me for using "Half The World" lyrics so I better stop).
Most diehard Rush fans consider this album to be underrated. Is it? If you are looking at critics' ratings, definitely. But if you see fans' rankings, ehhhhh.
I will say this: I love this album. It's hard rock, it's proggy, and very risk-taking.
The album production is still crisp. I love how many fade ins and outs there are in this album.
The album starts off with 2 amazing rockers. Then it goes into some chilling songs, and then explodes in the 2nd part of "The Necromancer." Then it goes back to mellow... then "The Fountain Of Lamneth" starts off a lil mellow, then it starts getting explosive. After that... kinda the same pattern.
Bastille Day - excellent tune. Just heavy and has some of their best riffs.
I Think I'm Going Bald - the song on the album everyone considers the "sore thumb". Okay, whatever you say about the lyrics (and vocals, I guess...), the riffs are amazing. And that solo... underrated.
Lakeside Park - the drum beats are earwormy to me... lol
The Necromancer - the first part is pretty cool, the second part is one of the best Rush songs alone, and the last part is really fitting.
The Fountain Of Lamneth - the first three parts are amazing. Bacchus Plateau is pretty good, and the last part is nice too. But Panacea... is a subsong that exists.
My ranking of Rush albums so far:
3. Rush (1974)
2. Fly By Night (1975)
1. Caress Of Steel (1975)
What are your thoughts on this album? Do you agree with me, or no? Post below!