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2 stars A return... but not to form.

After a six year hiatus the band regrouped and released their seventeenth studio album.

The Good: Secret Touch, Earthshine and the cover artwork.

The Bad: I'm a huge fan of Rush and was so glad that they decided to continue writing music, if only to make sure that the disappointing Test for Echo wasn't the final thing they were known for. And on the whole, Vapor Trails is a better album with better songs. However, in the grand scheme of things it is still a far cry from their work of the 70s, 80s and even early 90s. In addition the production is awful and sounds horribly compressed and muddy.

I was particularly dissapointed with the song Ghost Rider having read the book of the same name. Written by Neil Peart is follows his long road to recovery after the tragic events in his life which lead to the initial disbanding of Rush. It's a powerful autobiography, but in comparison the song feels a bit underwhelming.

The Verdict: The have been rumours of a remixed version in the works for a while now, so if you're desperate to get this album then I'd hold out for that.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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