Hemispheres (studio album) by Rush

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Hemispheres is ranked 3rd best out of 37 albums by Rush on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Rush is Moving Pictures which is ranked number 149 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,403.

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81/100 (from 533 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.0/100, a mean average of 80.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.2.

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75/100
From 03/28/2022 06:51
This is a step back compared to AFTK. Especially because one side is filled with 18 minutes of Cygnus II that frankly doesn't bring what the first chapter did. The second side of the album starts off not much better. The album is saved by the closing two tracks.

Every track is an improvement to the one before. The album starts off rather disappointingly but ends with a blast.
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From 01/23/2022 17:53
Slightly my favourite Rush album, little bit more than Moving Pictures. Never never get tired to hear instrumental parts.
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From 03/14/2021 16:22
As a prog fan I expected to like Rush more than I do. Even in this (supposedly the proggiest) album I am not too fond of side 1, and side 2 is OK, technically great, but it doesn't get to my heart.
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80/100
From 03/13/2021 10:57
Excellent progressive rock album, a natural follow on to A Farewell to Kings although for me AFTK's is the stronger album.
La Villa Strangiato is the standout track.
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From 07/10/2019 14:32
90/100

Lee on bass is brilliant, powerful progressive rock , very good album overall
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From 02/14/2019 03:50
I never really liked this album even though I'm a Rush fan. Love side 2 (Circumstances, The Trees, La Villa) but really dislike Cygnux X Part 2. Repeated listens don't do anything to help me like the song. The album is rated really highly by prog reviewers and I think that's mainly because of side 1 and La Villa but I have to confess that I don't get it. Oh well.
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From 01/22/2019 13:22
I never tire of listening to this album over and over. It's like an experience, it's like reading a book of mythology and you're literally living through it. I LOOOVE instrumentals and Villa Strangiato has some cool guitar moments, but I think Rush has their strength in great riffs and progressions. I don't think I really understand what it [i]means[/i] or what it's a commentary on but it's incredible to see all the commentary it elicits and it's great to see other perspectives... truly the effect of a great work of art.
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From 09/21/2018 22:40
The first side of this album is so obviously goofy with its complex made up story about gods and space adventures, but it doesn't matter because it still manages to be epic. Rush at their finest. La Villa Strangiato is a masterpiece. So much feeling and virtuosity, here. This is probably Rush's best, but I prefer Caress of Steel because it was the first album I really fell in love with by Rush.
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From 05/03/2018 03:24
All-time favorite album. Not the easiest album to get into, but the reward is in repeated listens
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From 07/17/2017 19:42
Genesis meets Led Zeppelin ?
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