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  • Summary: Canada's favorite prog rockers return with their first album of new material in six years, eh.
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  1. The more time one spends with Vapor Trails, the richer and more nuanced it becomes. Consider this an absolute triumph.
  2. Rush has emerged with more edge and energy than some bands can even dream of.
  3. Vapor Trails is a great, straight-forward hard rock album from a band that actually seems to be getting better as it ages.
  4. 80
    Dispensing with the synthesizers and glossy production that marred previous efforts, the group instead delivers no-frills, arena-ready rockers with a dense, almost punkishly raw sound.
  5. The good news is Vapor Trails is Rush's best album in a decade. The bad news is it's still no Moving Pictures.
  6. Vapor Trails is Rush's most focused effort in many years, thanks to a renewed emphasis on songwriting.
  7. 60
    Vapor Trails combines the cartoonish familiarity of Geddy Lee's helium-tinged vocals and [Neil] Peart's hyperkinetic drumming with the tuneful, concise writing they've favored since 1989's Presto. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.113]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 103
  2. Negative: 12 out of 103
  1. sushi
    Mar 19, 2008
    10
    There have been 3 highpoints in the Rush continuum. Three milestones. Three classics from 3 amazing musicians. First there was 2112. Then came Moving Pictures. And now Vapor Trails. Perfect albums all. Expand
  2. SonnyW.
    Jul 26, 2002
    10
    The highest quality of vocals, music, instrumental and song writing combination by far of any other. The band is like a fine wine. This album proovs that Rush is the most versital power rock band of all time. Expand
  3. TomM.
    Sep 9, 2002
    10
    An amazing CD! Critics of this record should reexamine their objectivity-- this is HOT stuff. Perhaps too hot for closed minds or those who seek to compare this to old Rush. Rush evolves again Such a shocker for the Luddites who want another Moving Pictures, Presto, 2112 or whatever. As for it being too complex to pull off live, well, we've heard it all before. Go see 'em for yourself! Welcome back Rush. We missed you! Expand
  4. lauluc
    Jun 14, 2002
    9
    Solide rock like Rush 2112 !
  5. Jeffrey
    Jan 27, 2005
    9
    I've been a Rush fanatic since the very beginning and I'm absolutely blown away by Vapor Trails. It has a totally unique sound- it's the next stage of the band and at the same time, it contains the youthful energy of their earliest works. There is a lot of picky criticism over the production, but I think this work, basically produced by Geddy Lee, is complex with multiple layers and has a raw edge to it that gives it life. That's not an easy thing to accomplish when using digital technology. Geddy knows what to do as does the band. This is truly Rush at their best- both writing (including Neil's lyrics) and playing. If they never put out another work, this would stand admirably as their swan song! Otherwise, Vapor Trails is a promise of even better things to come. I'm saving my "10" for that future promise!!! Expand
  6. JohnA.
    Aug 9, 2002
    8
    gets better and better every time I listen to it
  7. djd
    Aug 30, 2002
    0
    boring, crappy band

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