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On producer Nick Raskulinecz.
Smith: So Nick's your guy now?
Lifeson: Well, for these last two records. We really enjoy working with him. He's a really, really great producer. He's a great producer for us. He's so enthusiastic.
Smith: So enthusiastic.
Lifeson: He's got such a keen sense of music and arrangement. You can't bullshit him.
Smith: He knows music.
Lifeson: He gets it. When he gives you his comments, you know that they're valid, real kind of comments. He's not just saying it.
Smith: "I feel I've got to say something." Sometimes he goes, "You know what? I love it."
Lifeson: I will say, almost every time, he's right in the point that he brings up; at least there's validity to all his criticism and comments. Some of them you don't act upon. You could go either way on them. I think the function of a really good producer is to be able to do that; to give you options and ideas, and take you to other places –
Smith: That you wouldn't have thought of.
Lifeson: You're so focused.