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Vapor Trails [CD]

Rush Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000065DTE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Little Victory
2. Ceiling Unlimited
3. Ghost Rider
4. Peaceable Kingdom
5. The Stars Look Down
6. How It Is
7. Vapor Trail
8. Secret Touch
9. Earthshine
10. Sweet Miracle
11. Nocturne
12. "Freeze (Part IV of ""Fear"")"
13. Out Of The Cradle

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After an agonising hiatus of almost six years, Rush fans could have been forgiven for thinking they'd heard the last of the Canadian power trio. But with Vapor Trails Messrs. Lee, Lifeson and Peart return refreshed and revitalised. Remarkably for a band whose CV stretches back some 30 years, this album displays all the energy and enthusiasm of their younger days combined now with a supremely confident and mature approach to both musicianship and songwriting. Impeccable production values, in which the multi-layered instrumental tracks are presented with bold clarity, are balanced by thoughtful, occasionally introspective and remarkably personal lyrics from Peart. And it rocks, too, really rocks hard. No other three-piece has ever been as powerful as Rush when they let rip, and in places they really open up here.

Clocking in at almost 68 minutes, the album shows the benefits of its lengthy gestation with 13 standout tracks and nothing that could be construed as filler. From the barnstorming opener "One Little Victory", through the poignant "Ghost Rider" to the closing "Secret Touch" (Walt Whitman's "Endlessly Rocking" is the appropriate final refrain), Vapor Trails is the confident product of a group who have always worked hard to deserve their "progressive" tag.--Mark Walker

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RUSH Vapor Trails CD

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.....if you are prepared to persist 29 Sep 2006
By gingerguru VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Let's get this straight, this is without question a mighty fine album from one of the greatest rock acts of the last 30 years.

This latest album has got some mixed reviews. The negative ones appear to be from those fans who can't let go of the band's 70s output. Face up to it, that was the Rush of 30 years ago and the band have moved on several times since through a succession of equally impressive musical episodes, a feat pretty much unequalled by any of their contemporaries.

As with many a Rush album, you will not fully appreciate what these songs have to offer from the first few listens. This is a most impressive collection of tunes and there is much to process and digest. The production is dense with much instrumental layering and, as ever, Mr Lifeson has achieved some sweet guitar tones throughout both the lighter and heavier songs. Lee & Peart never disappoint, so expect the usual exemplary standards of playing.

Despite the above, you do need at least 6 or so listens for things to really click into place. When they do, I'm sure you'll agree that this is one of Rush's best offerings for many a year.

Highlights for me are the opening track which sets things in motion neatly, Ghost Rider, Stars Look Down, How It Is, Earthshine and the Title track.

I am constantly amazed that this band can produce such fresh-sounding and original music after so many albums and years together. If you are a fan of the band and have been put off by other reviewers, buy without question, but be prepared to persist with repeated listenings. Anyone who appreciates intelligent rock or quality musicianship cannot fail to be impressed by this. Let's hope the band continue well beyond their recent 30th anniversary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's last album is always the worst 3 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion Rush's last album is always the worst. Until you've listened to it a couple of times, that is. The reason is simple: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have a habit of exploring new musical pastures every couple of albums. So, every couple of albums they divert from what you have become to see as 'standard Rush'. This shocks at first, because they deliver something else than what you expected. But listen to the new stuff a few times and gradually you realise what genius they've bestowed on their latest effort. They have done that since the very beginning: just compare 'Fly by Night', '2112', 'A Farewell to Kings', 'Moving Pictures', 'Signals' and 'Presto' to name but a few. The first time I heard most of those albums I also frowned. A few years and a few CDs (or records) onward and they've all become classic masterpieces. And so it will be with 'Vapor Trails' as well. Sounding strange and unRushlike at first, pure genius after a while.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush blaze a trail with new album. 19 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After a 6 year gap Rush release their latest album 'Vapor Trails' on 14th May. Often failing to get the critcal acclaim their music deserves this album breaks new ground for the band. The trio Geddy Lee ( bass and vocals),Alex Lifeson ( Guitars ) and Neil Peart ( drums and percussion) have produced all 13 tracks on the album which comes in a shy under 70 mins. Paul Northfield has helped out with engineering duties.
The basic format remains the same - lyrics penned by Peart ( see his books Ghost Rider and Masked Rider elsewhere on the site ) and music written by Lee and Lifeson. The bands longevity ( over 22 albums ) and this format means that this album retains its essential 'Rushness' whilst introducing a more melodic and guitar orientated sound.
Essentially the music here is driven by some great muscianship , with some real power guitar riffs ( Peaceable Kingdom , Ceiling Unlimited , One Little Victory) mixed with more laid back numbers ( Sweet Miracle ,The Stars Look Down , How It Is ).Other highlights include the wonderful Earthshine and progressive Freeze.
The lyrical content primarily deals with events both tragic and happy in Pearts recent life , whilst the events of September 11th are not forgotten.
Rush fans will love it and if it gets the exposure it deserves others will too.
Buy it now !!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Renaissance of Rush 26 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
After a gap of almost six years Rush return with their most powerful, hard-rocking and well-written album since ... well, since the 1970s. It's simply incredibly exciting to hear this fantastic band amazingly at the very peak of their form in 2002. When other "prog" bands of the 70s endlessly rehash their old material, Rush really are a truly "progressive" band--which means they always look forward never backwards and strive to explore new musical territory. On "Vapor Trails" Neil Peart gives us some of the finest lyrics of his career--including songs about personal loss and the agony of finding hope for the future ("Ghost Rider"). Geddy Lee's mature vocals, and the supreme musicianship of all three, do full justice to Peart's words. A wonderful treat for Rush fans, but also a great rock album that deserves as wide exposure as possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good entry in the Rush canon 4 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I hated it. I couldn't wait for it to end and when it did, I packed it away and forgot about it for a while. I then went through a period where there was nothing new I wanted to get so I was stuck with the albums I had, one of these being Vapor Trails. With some trepidation, I put it in the stereo and pressed play. I still wasn't sure about it after the second listen but I kept going with it and what a joy it's become. With each new listen, I find another layer. The words fit with the music instead of being slightly set apart from it. They mesh perfectly. The musicianship is breath-taking as always but this time seems to be an integral aspect rather than them just playing widdly-widdly stylings. Geddy's voice is beautiful and his bass work serves to underpin the music this time round. Alex's guitar playing creates a stunning wall of sound and gives bands like Tool a good run for their money, showing there's life in the old dog yet. Neil shows just why he is probably the greatest rock drummer on the planet today. I am ever so sorry he had to go through what he did in the run up to this album but he's come back, bigger badder and better than ever before. This genuinely is Rush at their very best, just don't expect too much too soon. This album will just get better with age and patience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work if it's not open - FZ
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Published 17 months ago by D. Clayton
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I am a big Rush fan, with about a dozen of their albums. I like material from their whole career from A Farewell to Kings, Moving Pictures, Hold Your Fire etc. Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. G. Fish
1.0 out of 5 stars Vapor Fails
Not only is the album very poorly, mastered/mixed etc. (something the band realised very quickly, and still intend to re-mix - which confirms this), it never gets off the ground... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secret touches
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting return
this album is dark heavy and loud and really quite different to other rush albums it is really quite heavy for a rush album
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