CounterpartsApril 30, 2007
This was the Rush album that had just come out when I started caring very much about Rush. I still remember being in Texas to visit my sister, and picking it up at the mall, as probably my third or fourth CD ever. The lyrics are some of Neil Peart’s best; stuff like this, that I never would have found were it not for my older siblings, probably contributed a lot to my weird intellectualism while growing up. The liner notes are, I think, the most elaborate of any Rush album, with numerous photographs and lists exhibiting counterparts of all kinds.
I associate this album with my cousin Steve, who has been my cognitive companion for my whole life, and who at some point made Rush as much a part of his life as I had. (We had a similar co-discovery of Pearl Jam.)