Music this thoughtful and innovative simply does not date. Rush may not be fashionable, but that merely demonstrates the pointlessness of fashion.
'2112' is the ultimate Zeppelin meets Progressive Rock affair. Vocalist Geddy Lee's soaring screeches are similar to those of Robert Plant, but Lee's voice has an innocent sounding quality to it (especially on 'Discovery'), and I find it more affecting than Plant's. The concept is fantastically grandiose, and enough to make most prog pioneers proud, but this really is all about the music.
The sprawling, 20-minute title-track is a work of imaginative genius, Rush's magnum opus. Here, the band flaunt their demiurgic capabilities with panache and aplomb. The song is divided into numerous sections, all interwoven masterfully to create a stunning piece of music that conjures astonishing amounts of dreamy imagery and surreal feeling. The instrumentation is faultless throughout, and the creative decision to interlace hard-hitting rock segments ('The Temples of Syrinx', 'Grand Finale') with more placid, dreamlike compositions ('Discovery', 'Soliloquy') creates an almost cathartic effect upon the listener, and a wholly welcome one.
The other tracks on the album maintain a similar level of mastery, too, and their collective succinctness provides a necessary juxtaposition with the extravagant '2112' track. In particular, 'The Twilight Zone' is charismatically chimerical, and furthers the illusory feel of the album.
To conclude, '2112' is an everlasting classic, and one that must be savoured to be believed!