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4 stars Rush seems to have moved into a new direction with Vapor Trails, and it's at least interesting enough for Rush fans, and probably even enough to win over some new ones, although it doesn't represent their sound in general. The songs are more insular than usual, and will probably require a good amount of repeated listenings to undestand them - some of that also being due to the sound they go for on this one, a very heavy, almost over the top thickly layered production, that is shocking at first, but ultimately impresses, and lends a new perspective to their playing, which remains top notch on this album. Lifeson has many great guitar lines that melt into Lee's grumbly bass, while Peart plays just as impressively as always, but it's his lryics that really elevate the songs on Vapor Trails. He's always come across as a lyricist who wants to help the world, and he's only continued to develop his ability to do so, while the band provide just the right amount of urgency to bring attention to these well expressed sentiments on songs such as "One Little Victory", "Ceiling Unlimitied', "Earthshine", "Secret Touch", and "Peaceable Kingdom." Worth checking out, even if you're new to Rush, and if you are new to Rush, then take a listen to their other albums as well. They're a great band.
7headedchicken | 4/5 |


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