I'll open by saying the bass begins with long sustains during the guitar intro, then is uninvolved with the first verse. In a fairly short song (by Rush standards), this isn't great.
I'll continue by saying that everything beyond that is simply amazing to play. As I mention elsewhere, Geddy Lee tends to play fairly simple parts while singing, then keep it up during the instrumental parts.
This time, he stays near the top of his game the entire time. The verses have some decent movement and the occasional couple of HO/POs in there.
But as usual, when the vocal drop out for the guitar solo, the bass kicks it up a notch and never comes back down until the song is done, even when the vocals come back in. The bass is constantly moving and exploring new ways of moving here, it's not too demanding for most players, but very engaging.
It's an absolute blast for any bassist, pure and simple, and I can't see anyone being put off enough by that intro to not enjoy the spectactular bass for the rest of the song. Recommended for everyone.
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.