Sound — 10
If there's anything that defines Rush over the last 30 years, it's their live sound and on this CD they deliver. Every instrument is more pronounced, you hear everything, every note played and every drum hit. The clarity of the whole performance actually surprised me at first, even when I saw them live both times you weren't able to hear every last detail (mainly because they were so loud, but on this CD you won't miss a thing these 3 guys play. I also noticed that ever since Alex Lifeson started using Gibson Les Pauls as his main guitars, his live sound has been huge and much clearer compared to when he mainly used Paul Reed Smith. Geddy's bass rings out loud and clear and his voice sounds pretty good considering his age and that fact that the show was recorded so late in their tour. Neil's drums and especially his drum solo are nothing short of fantastic.
Lyrics — 10
Anyone who knows about Rush knows that they have some very insightful and intelligent lyrics. Mr. Peart is great at taking his own personal philosophies and putting them down on paper like a true author. Most people including myself listen to Rush for the lyrics just as much as for the instruments each man plays on.
Overall Impression — 10
This CD is a great representation of what you would get at a real Rush concert. I've seen them on the Snakes & Arrows tour twice already (and plan on going a third time) and I'm still listening to this CD over and over and loving it. The only one tiny problem I can find with the actual performance itself is that Alex's solos are a little sloppier compared to their past live performances I've seen, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the music (everyone has a bad day). The CD case and the booklet are pretty cool, and props to them for the "Austin Powers" reference in the booklet, which I won't spoil. Any true Rush fan should buy this CD if you want to hear what true music sounds like, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.