Sound — 10
The sound quality of this album is phenomenal. Instead of lyrics about women and drugs, Rush approches with very deep lyrics that often involve science fiction, and the discovery of new things. In the nearly 22 minute long song "2112" that is broken up into seven sections, you listen too it often for the great music, and many other times for the deep storytelling in the song. People often criticise Alex Lifeson for never crazy solos like Eddie Van Halen or Jimmy Page. Listen to the section of "2112" called "Presentation", then see if your opinion is swayed. Alex also has a way of transforming a normal set of power chords into something that sounds like it is a complex riff. In my opinion he is one of the best guitarists in rock n roll history. Great album, hands down, it's my favorite Rush album, Hemispheres is next after that.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in "2112" are among some of the most deep and thought provoking lyrics of any rock album I've ever heard. Once again, listen to the epic "2112" and you will be blown away by the phenomenal music and amazing lyrics. While songs like "A Passage To Bangkok" aren't as great of lyrics as "2112" or "Lessons" the album is great and stands up as one of rock n roll's best lyrical album's of all time.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is great and if it were broken, I would go buy another one the second I found out. If it were stolen, I would hunt the person down that took it. If you are a fan of Rush, or classic rock in general you need this album. Please buy it legally, this album doesn't deserve to be file shared. The best song on the album is easily "2112," but this isn't taking anything away from any other songs on the album, because they are great too. This album set a huge bar for Rush to outdo themselves, while "Moving Pictures" or "Permanent Waves" were their most commercially successful albums, "2112" is their best album by far in my opinion.