Hemispheres by Rush is THE album for great sounding stories and instrumentals. The main piece of the album is a 15 minute masterpiece of a story, and it has great music to go along with it too. It’s a pretty short album with only 3 other songs, all being really good soft and hard rock, including one 9 minute instrumental.
This is truly a great album for progressive rock. It isn’t as hard of rock as some of their other albums, but it’s still just as good.
Here’s what the stories of hemispheres are about if you are interested:
The first song on this album, Cygnus X-1 hemispheres is a story about the gods of wisdom and war fighting over who is better for survival. We here both of them sing about how good they are and what their effects on the human species are. But their war brings sadness and suffering to all humans. And only the prophecy of the god of balance, Cygnus can help end the everlasting war.
The 3rd song of the album called “The trees” is just one huge simile of the civil war. It’s about 2 different types of trees always disagreeing with each other and their effects on the forest.