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4 stars A complete, powerful, emotive, and welcome return to form while at the same time showcasing an almost entirely new sound and style. "Vapor Trails" is outstanding!

More so than just about every other album Rush that has been released in the past two decades, this one shows them doing what they truly do best: playing really powerful, artistic rock music very, very well. Each member is on the top of their game: Geddy-- whose voice regains its high-timbre and intensity and whose gigantic bass shatters expectations, Alex-- whose guitar is raw, vibrant, amazingly listenable, but especially Neil-- whose drumming is more dynamic than ever and whose lyrics reach new poetic heights. I am sure most have heard about his life's tragedy some years ago, and this album's poignant and emotive lyrics speak of both his pain and recovery; absolutely heartbreaking and uplifting.

Many are turned off by this album's very unrefined sound, and I admit that it was hard for me to listen to the first time through... but what a pay off. "Vapor Trails" contains some of Rush's finest songs, worthy to stand by their old classics and I hope setting the stage for things to come.

Mandatory for serious fans of the band and an excellent introduction for those coming from outside the prog world.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 5 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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