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The songs onVapor Trailsmay not be as instant or accessible as those on their previous albums, but the Canadian trio is definitely playing harder and bolder than they have in years. Layers of guitars have replaced most of the keyboards, setting Alex Lifeson free to explore new territories and textures. Geddy Lee is also given more playing space, such as on "Peaceable Kingdom," where his bass parts take the role of rhythm guitar. The arrangements are intricate and interesting throughout, yet never overwhelming. "Secret Touch" twists and builds from melody to a monsterous jam, while Neil Peart's awe-inspiring drums give extra power and dynamics to the album's heavier numbers, such as "Nocturne" and the bombastic lead cut, "One Little Victory." Lee's vocals and harmonies add great depth to "Earthshine," while the airy "How It Is" soothes with nice open chords and jangling guitars. Rush has taken one step forward while keeping one foot back in a rawer sound, all the while continuing to evolve musically.--Gail Flug
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Label:  Atlantic, Wea
Release Date:  May 14, 2002
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review by . August 05, 2002
posted in Music Matters
Pros: Rush is back and as skillfull as ever     Cons: The new direction seems a little off at first     The Bottom Line: Did I have a dream? Or did the dream have me?     Well. Okay. Alright. I can barely remember the last time I dipped my toe into the cold waters of music reviewing, but here goes...      Six years. Six years its been since we were presented with the last collection of original, studio recorded Rush …
review by . July 05, 2002
posted in Music Matters
A rich, complicated album. The first time I put it in (I'm a HUGE Rush fan since 1976) I enjoyed it but worried it might be a bit plodding. A week later, I couldn't turn the darn thing off!!! It is a textured album, every song dense with sound. No signature guitar solos, but it still jams. Peart's drumming is not as obviously flashy, but it's pretty darn solid, and Geddy's bass has never been fleeter.The lyrics are truly outstanding. Remembering Neil Peart's tragedies of recent years makes these …
review by . June 01, 2002
It took me several listens to start enjoying this album. It definitely rock hard, but it's also Rush's most complex album in many years, with a recording that perhaps needed some more clarity.That said, I think the songwriting is outstanding. Initially I have to admit all the songs kind of bled together indistinguishably and it was a difficult album to listen to. However, as I began to dissect the music, I found I liked it quite a bit! Complex textures abound on this album, as Alex Lifeson explores …
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