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A Simple Kind Mirror: The Lyrical Vision of Rush Paperback – January 7, 2002
"Sing to Me" by LA Reid
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Roberto's "book" of song interpretations includes EVERY song that Rush released from "PERMANENT WAVES" (1980) to "TEST FOR ECHO" (1996). In this respect - the sheer quantity of songs discussed - it surpasses Carol Selby Price's book on Rush lyrical analysis "Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush." Price only analyzes a handful of songs in her book, and none of them are post-1990 ("PRESTO").
In every other consideration, this book is dramatically inferior to Price's book. At eighty pages total, "A Simple Kind Mirror" allots less than a page (and sometimes only a few sentences) to each song discussed. Len Roberto doesn't dig very deeply into the songs, and only scratches the surface when it comes to the depth of meaning in Neil Peart's lyrics. There's really nothing here that Rush fans haven't grokked themselves from listening to the songs. Price, with her background in Philosophy, offers us much more.
Regarding the writing STYLE, I'm pleased to report that "Simple Kind Mirror" isn't riddled with spelling, grammatic, and syntax errors like so many Rush-related books. Roberto seems to possess an above-average vocabulary, and each sentence is well constructed. HOWEVER... throughout the book's 80 pages, one finds many sentences which seem like non-sequitirs given the sentences that precede them.Read more ›
Here's some of the author's brilliance paraphrased: "So like, the song's like Spirit of Radio, you know, like the Radio has a spirit, like it's alive, but everybody knows a radio can't have a spirit, right? Or maybe it can if you think about it!"
Plainly stated, if you're of the mindset and level of intellect that Rush's work appeals to you, then you're way overqualified to bother with this tragic waste of ink. Get Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush if you're that into the lyrics; if you're that into the band, Robert Telleria's Rush: Merely Players is about THE best thing I've ever read. If you want further insight into the mind behind the lyrics, read either Masked Rider or Ghost Rider by Neil himself -- THOSE are both literary masterpieces.
If you're writing a book about lyrics, don't even mention the instrumentals (more filler). About "Where's My Thing?" Roberto claims: "Continuing the Rush tradition of incuding an instrumental track on every album" (46). Aside from the English problems of that phrase, I could only find instrumentals on 5 of thier 16 (at the time) studio albums. If I was writing a book about the lyrics of a band that's something I probably woudn't get wrong. There are also other errors and weak filler observations. I hope an editor got fired.
I consider myself a hard-core fan. Maybe check this out if you're a very casual fan or just getting into Rush lyrics and you're young. Otherwise, try Mystic Rhythms if you want to read about their lyrics on a more meaningful level.
A couple things I liked about the book: (1) it's short, so less painful, and (2) I'm finished with it, so less painful.
Putting aside credibility, I find the writing to be simplistic. This is great if English is not your first language and you want to gain literal interpretation of the songs. This book reads like a high school or junior college book report.Read more ›
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For a book on the lyrics of a band as complex and intellectual as Rush's, this book is a joke. Even with the most simple examination of these songs, I can not figure out how this... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by J. D. Brooks
I've always been a rabid Rush fan, but after receiving this in the mail I'm just plain rabid. This is garbage. Is it just a transcription of the guy's blog? Seems like it. Read morePublished on November 29, 2009 by Caraculiambro
I don't really have to say anything more than the reviewers before me have said. Thankfully the book is short so if you do fall victim to reading it you won't have wasted much... Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by I've Read That
Really Bad. Embarrassingly bad. In fact, this book is so bad that I don't want to dignify it further by saying any more than that. Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I found this book entertaining, sometimes finding myself nodding emphatically over the author's interpretation of a particular song, but often shaking my head and thinking,... Read morePublished on October 14, 2006 by S. Owen
I have been a fan of Rush for almost 20 years know, this started when I was a kid of 15, the rythim they use and the "fairy tale lyrics" just sounded cool to me. Read morePublished on July 23, 2002 by A. J. Vondeling