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Rush - Vapor Trails CD (album) cover




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3.43 | 795 ratings

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3 stars VAPOR TRAILS presents a rejuvenated RUSH, pumping out songs that are simultaneously layered, heavy, proggy, and groove-heavy, shedding all of the lyrical awkwardness from their 90s albums and featuring porribly their most unique package of songs in their oeuvre.

Why the low rating, then? The mastering.

According to the story, and Rush has refused to point fingers at the guy who did it because they are stand-up guys, someone who was recording their instrumental takes had the levels all wrong, resulting in distortion of every instrumental track. The final masters of the album had horrible distortions in every single song, causing the album to be nearly unlistenable. Which is a damn shame, because songs like "One Little Victory", "Ghost Rider" and "Secret Touch" are fantastic songs, featuring heavy, groove-centric patterns, but they are slaughtered by the mastering. This would easily be a four-star album, perhaps (though not likely) higher if the mixing and mastering could be fixed or if it was rerecorded. But as it is, this only can get 3. Let's hope.

Gorloche | 3/5 |


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