Rush
Vapor Trails


4.5
superb

Review

by Angmar USER (24 Reviews)
October 26th, 2006 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This Album does not get nearly enough credit and is a must have for Rush fans.

We all must go through hardships in our lives. Many of us have gone through the death of a family member or a divorce. Even though life may bring painful hardships, we need to press on. You must not let yourself get saddened to the point where you can no longer function and do the things you once loved to do. This is the case of legendary drummer Neil Peart when out of nowhere his daughters life was taken in a terrible car accident and then not one year later his own wife died of cancer. As you all know Neil was an essential member of the band Rush .

Through the sadness of his loss Neil still decided he must move on and continue doing what he loved, making music. And after over six years of not releasing an album the members of Rush decided they were long due for a new album. The product of this decision was called Vapor Trails and it would be Rushes seventeenth full length album.

After many years, it seem some bands just lose the ability to write music as great as in their early years. This however is not the case for Rush. Anyone who has heard this album knows it’s a great progressive rock trip with some new and even heavier sound than their earlier material.

Rushes biggest instrumental standout has always been the fantastic drumming delivered by Neil Peart. Some say that Neil has lost it over the years and is no longer the great drummer he once was. Do not listen to anyone says that. Neil is an amazing drumming and is as good as he was in 1974. Some great examples of Neil’s drumming on this album is the opening on One little victory and throughout the entire CD he provides the perfect beat to back everything up.

Many people including myself would agree that this is most likely Rushes hardest album. Synthesizers are not even present in any of the songs. Some of the biggest standout tracks are Earthshine which has a great opening riff, good lyrics and also has a pretty great guitar solo. More standout tracks include One little victory and Ghost rider.

Rush has always been known for their helium voiced singer and bassist Geddy Lee. And one noticeable thing about Rushes newer releases is that Geddy’s vocals aren’t as high pitched as they once were. Although his voice may not be as high, Geddy still has a captivating voice that in some ways is even better now than it ever was. A great stand out track for vocals is Sweet Miracle.The song has perfectly pitched vocals and it is just so impressive considering his age.

The great thing about this band is that all members are equally talented. The guitarist Alex Lifeson is one of the greatest guitar players to ever play progressive rock. His style of playing ranges from awesome riffs to fast paced plucking. When it comes to soloing Alex is also very skilled. A great example of soloing on this album is Ceiling unlimited. Alex is just all over this album with his guitar playing and is a definite standout.

Lyrically Rush has always has always strived to be very meaningful. Some songs in this album have amazing lyrics such as Ghost Rider . A passage from the song includes “Carry all those phantoms through bitter wind and stormy skies”. In the end I think a lot of the songs on this album have to do with Neil and the events that happened in his life. While some songs have amazing lyrics some are rather repetitive, an example of this is the song Secret Touch where one of the same lines is repeated several times. Despite some lacking lyrics Rush still manages to outdo most bands lyrically.

As well as being a talented vocalist Geddy Lee is also a very talented Bass guitar player. One great thing about Rushes music is that the bass always has a mind of its own and isn’t just a copy of the main riff. Bass is greatly shown all throughout this album. Songs such as Freeze—part 3 of fear and Secret touch have some mind blowing fast paced bass lines showing Geddy hasn’t lost his ability to play over the years.

If I were forced to chose a fillers for this album they would have to be the tracks Secret touch and Nocturne. Neither of these songs are really bad but they are quite repetitive and lacking compared to some of the other tracks. Besides those tracks every song on here is good. None of the songs are boring or lacking any instrumental talent. The CD is also over 70 minutes long.

This album just has a great overall sound and showcases the talent of the entire band. Vapor Trails just proves that Rush still has the ability to write and play amazing music. Another great thing about this CD is that it can appeal to just about anyone with the newer all around sound. If you are a fan of Rock, Progressive or even metal I suggest you buy this album. It is worth every penny.

Pros.
Great songwriting
Amazing Drumming
Solid Guitar work
Unique and skilled bass
Geddy’s vocals

Cons.
Lyrics not strongest point
Can be repetitive at times

Top 3 tracks
Earthshine
One little Victory
Ghost Rider

Final Rating 4.5/5




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Angmar
October 27th 2006


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok i spent like 3 hours on this and made sure all grammer was good and im still not sure if im happy but i guess its up to you.

Neoteric
October 27th 2006


3243 Comments


*grammar

You spent three hours on this? :p

MrKite
October 27th 2006


5020 Comments


i was extremely disapointed with moving pictures and i dont think i'll be able to lkisten to rush for awhile. good review though.

Redmandepot42
October 27th 2006


16 Comments


Kite u would like this trust my bro.This Message Edited On 10.27.06

Oddsen
October 27th 2006


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fine review. This is one of my favorite rush albums. The instrumentation is amazing.

tom79
October 27th 2006


3757 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=stinkypoptart]i was extremely disapointed with moving pictures and i dont think i'll be able to lkisten to rush for awhile[/quote]

This is not really like Moving Pictures at all.



This is one of, if not their best album in the last 15 years. Although they're hasn't been a lot.

Digging: The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast

The Door Mouse
October 27th 2006


2092 Comments


[quote=review]Rushes[/quote]
rush's
good review i guess

Angmar
October 27th 2006


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^wow u really were looking for anything to neg about werentcha

vanhalen1984
October 27th 2006


30 Comments


this review blows D***

MrKite
October 27th 2006


5020 Comments


This is not really like Moving Pictures at all.



This is one of, if not their best album in the last 15 years. Although they're hasn't been a lot.


Kite u would like this trust my bro.



maybe i'll look into then thanks.
This Message Edited On 10.27.06

The Door Mouse
October 27th 2006


2092 Comments


[quote=stevo2112]^wow u really were looking for anything to neg about werentcha[/quote]

i didnt neg it

Hatshepsut
October 28th 2006


1997 Comments


this review blows D***

I don't get it.

Homesliceman
October 31st 2006


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome!!! I bought it a while ago, but traded it for my brothers Let There Be Rock by AC/DC, cause Rush is his favourite band.This Message Edited On 10.31.06

wakeupdead
January 9th 2007


2229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is great. I agree with pretty much every word you said, especially the top 3 tracks. A few grammar mistakes and whatnot, but great review overall. :chug:

Angmar
January 10th 2007


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks I really do love this.

Merkaba33
August 9th 2007


703 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was a pretty good review. I agree that this album is overlooked by many, although I rarely listen to this album due to the poor sound quality. When will this album be remastered?

KILL
October 24th 2010


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a gentle hand, a secret touch on the heaarttt



rules so much

NeroCorleone80
August 9th 2013


34618 Comments


I might like this more than Snakes and Arrows

KILL
August 9th 2013


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i can see that happenin after the remix graces my ears yea

NeroCorleone80
August 9th 2013


34618 Comments


yea aside from the production there isnt much difference between this and snakes in terms of song quality.



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