One thing I didn't know was that Rush were fans of Ayn Rand (or are they still?) - I guess that could explain why much of the lyrics are so overblown and reads like amusing, but bad, Sci-Fi.
They're still mad skilled with their instruments though, and here they've amalgamated their love of music and freedom with their hate of government into an epic tale of future man who finds a guitar just to have it smashed by the evil rulers. Then he kills himself an there's a war and it seems that the winner is another oppressive fraction.
The album flip-flops from side A to side B as the titular space conquest suite 2112 gives way to single-concept songs about riding trains, tears and, finally, the ode to taking matters in your own hands and at a cost, Something For Nothing. A bit more engaging than Moving Pictures, but, well…
[dämnit! 1001 Albums… also picked up on that Randist shite]