Background and Commentary
This short instrumental starts with quirky brass section before moving into the big sound reminiscent of Rush’s mid-1980s work with producer Peter Collins. Think tunes like “The Big Money” and “Marathon” but with a humorous undertone.—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault
“‘Mr. X,’ along with the two previous songs [‘Promise’ and ‘Start Today’] are my favorites. This one is an instrumental that is far too short. Lifeson shines! [With ‘Mr. X’], Lifeson attempts to make guitar hero songs in the style of Joe Satriani or Steve Johnson.”—The Crow on Prog Archives.
“‘Mr. X’ is a short instrumental that has some great Alex Lifeson soloing and a strong bass presence. The drumming is also solid.”—Cygnus X-2 on Prog Archives.