Sound — 10
This is Rush's first album since 2002 and it proves that after 33 years, they still have it, if not even more of it. The songs on this record are very dynamic and diverse. They have some soft songs and some heavier songs. There is also 3 instrumentals that go through a range of styles. The music on this album sounds nothing like anyone else. The skill these musicians posess is huge but they don't just shred the hell out of you like a lot of bands today. They write great songs with catchy melodies and innovative playing.
Lyrics — 9
Neil Peart's lyrics never seem to disappoint. They are not the typical sci-fi lyrics that are on most Rush albums, but they are still fantastic. They go great with the music because they capture the ambience created by the music. Some people may not like Rush because of Geddy Lee's unusual voice but I feel that it is just another part of what makes Rush Rush.
Overall Impression — 10
I would say this is at least in the top 3 Rush albums. It's just that awesome. I think the best songs would be Far Cry (the single), Malignant Narcissism, Good News First, and We Hold On. I love the complexity of the songs, especially the instrumentals. The drumming is just amazing. Neil Peart is the greatest drummer of all time. I would recommend buying 14 of these albums so if it got lost or stolen, you would never be without it.