Hemispheres (album) by Rush

Hemispheres
Hemispheres by Rush
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 577th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 462 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1978 (12th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (139th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (577th)

Rush bestography

Hemispheres is ranked 3rd best out of 35 albums by Rush on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Rush is Moving Pictures which is ranked number 158 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,573.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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90/100
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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From 06/23/2017 07:32
The first song dictates the whole concept of the album, which is the constant battle we fight inside ourselves; the battle of heart and mind. It's a psychological study about the complexity of human beings in form of an album. I don't even have to say it's the most progressive rock influenced album of Rush, and thanks to Neil Peart lyrics everything fits perfectly.
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From 03/03/2017 14:46
The best, most consistent and most progressive Rush album to date. Really good stuff.
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From 02/10/2017 21:41
Has two of my absolute favorite progressive rock songs
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From 12/14/2016 22:14
Side one is another epic, but side two is what really makes this album. There's the very cool and thoughtful 'Circumstances' followed by the brilliant metaphor in 'The Trees,' all topped off by the ultimate Rush instrumental, 'La Villa Strangiato.' A+
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