Sound — 9
This is a very different Rush album than their later work. This is back when they had their original drummer John Rutsey and they had a very blues-rock Zeppelinish style. The sound is still quite good, and they don't sound just like another Zeppelin clone band. The guitar playing is really well done, with some great kinda funky riffs (and awesome heavy ones as well). The bass is also done quite well, however it doesn't stand out as much their albums to come. The drumming is also quite good, Rutsey was quite the talented drummer in his own right, just not near as good as Peart.
Lyrics — 7
This album is before they had their genious lyrcist Neil Peart, so they are not as creative. Some of the lyrics are quite lame, but they still fit great with the music. It's basically just generic rock lyrics, and in some of the songs you don't know what the hell they are tryin to say with them. Geddy still had his fantastic high-pitched wailing voice and sings great on this album.
Overall Impression — 8
This definitaly a great Rush album, just not really up to par with some of their other greats (i.e. 2112, Hemishperes, Moving Pictures etc). This record really shows you where this band came from, and I would recommend this to any Rush fan, or anyone really who's into great '70s hard rock.