2112, by Rush: an album review

General Information:

-Album Title: 2112

-Artist: RUSH

-Release Year: 1976

-Song/Album Length: 38:42

-Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, iHeart Radio, Pandora, or find the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: Rush was Halliday’s favorite band and as such is mentioned early and often in the book

Song Titles:

  • A Side:
    1. 2112
      • I. “Overture”
      • II. “The Temples of Syrinx”
      • III. “Discovery”
      • IV. “Presentation”
      • V. “Oracle: The Dream”
      • VI. “Soliloquy”
      • VII. “Grand Finale”
  • B Side:
    1. A Passage to Bangkok
    2. The Twilight Zone
    3. Lessons
    4. Tears
    5. Something for Nothing


So I’ve listened to this album many times while writing for this blog and I find the whole thing fascinating. The fact that it is more of a concept album really caught my attention…and the whole “A Side” is listed as a single song even on Spotify.

I’m surprised that I didn’t listen to more Rush as a kid. My dad is obsessed with music that tells stories and that is a lot of what they did especially with this album and their third album “Caress of Steel”…and continued to do throughout their career.

This album really does tell a story and feels to me more like the album for a musical instead of your traditional rock album where there may be and underlying theme to the music but it doesn’t follow through with a full story. And the feel of it really reminds me of Styx which is one of my favorite bands.

This is an excellent album and I am starting to see exactly what people loved about Rush…and this album in particular.

I can’t believe they were still making music till 2018! I hope as I listen through the rest of their albums that I like them just a much as I liked this one.




Here is the list of all of the audible references that would have appeared in Anorak’s Almanac. They are listed below by Category, from individual songs, podcasts, and albums. Even full band discographies. As articles and reviews get written about the reference (and playlists get made on Spotify by yours truly) then the title will turn into a link for you to follow to that review or article! The links below will jump you to each category since the number of references is not a long as other categories in types of references, and while it doesn’t necessarily seem like a long list it really is since some of the bands have many, many albums…. and may be added to in the future.


  • Bon Jovi
  • Bryan Adams
  • The Clash
  • Def Leppard
  • Devo
  • Falco
  • John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Journey
  • Pat Benatar
  • Pink Floyd
  • The Police
  • R.E.M.
  • Rush
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Van Halen

Individual Songs:

Full Albums:


  • Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK
  • Jay and Silent Bob Get Irish: The Swearing O’ the Green
  • Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under

Radio Shows:

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Future
  • The Internet: The Last Battleground of the 20th Century
  • Doctor Who