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Vapor Trails
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Vapor Trails

Alternate meaning: see contrail
Vapor Trails
CD by Rush
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Progressive rock
Length 67 min 15 s
Record label Atlantic Records
Producers Paul Northfield and Rush
Professional reviews
RollingStone review 3/5 link
ARTISTdirect review 3/5 link
Rush Chronology
Different Stages
(1998)
Vapor Trails
(2002)
Rush in Rio
(2003)

Vapor Trails is the 17th studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush released in 2002 (see 2002 in music).

The release of Vapor Trails marked the first studio album for the band in six years (since Test for Echo in 1996). Long known for purposeful stylistic changes that defined individual albums as well as delineated the larger-scale phases of their recording career, Vapor Trails brought a shift in many fundamental aspects of the Rush sound as it had evolved over the years. On Vapor Trails there are no keyboards, no guitar 'solos', no processed-guitar tones. It has no epic fantasy/sci-fi adventures, no optimistic forward-thinking lyrics that extol the virtues of self-reliance and common sense. Perhaps most striking, Rush seems even to have abandonded their long-held policy of tempering the recording process such that what was put on an album could be reasonably reproduced live. Instead, Vapor Trails uses a more purified guitar tone, lots of vocal and guitar overdubs, and an overall darker tone to the music and lyrics. All in all, Vapor Trails offers a dramatics rethinking of Rush's fundamental musical mores, suggesting that they have embarked on yet another new direction.

Table of contents
1 Track listing
2 Personnel
3 Chart positions

Track listing

  1. "One Little Victory" - 5:08
  2. "Celing Unlimited" - 5:28
  3. "Ghost Rider" - 5:41
  4. "Peaceable Kingdom" - 5:23
  5. "The Stars Look Down" - 4:28
  6. "How It Is" - 4:05
  7. "Vapor Trail" - 4:57
  8. "Secret Touch" - 6:34
  9. "Earthshine" - 5:38
  10. "Sweet Miracle" - 3:40
  11. "Nocturne" - 4:49
  12. "Freeze (Part 4 Of Fear)" - 6:21
  13. "Out Of The Cradle" - 5:03

Personnel

Chart positions

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album
2002 Vapor Trails                 The Billboard 200          No. 6
2002 Vapor Trails                 Top Internet Albums        No. 29
2002 Vapor Trails                 Top Canadian Albums        No. 3

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - singles
2002 Secret Touch                 Mainstream Rock Tracks     No. 25 
2002 One Little Victory           Mainstream Rock Tracks     No. 10

Rush
Geddy Lee | Alex Lifeson | Neil Peart | John Rutsey
Studio Albums
Rush | Fly by Night | Caress of Steel | 2112 | A Farewell to Kings | Hemispheres | Permanent Waves | Moving Pictures | Signals | Grace Under Pressure | Power Windows | Hold Your Fire | Presto | Roll the Bones | Counterparts | Test for Echo | Vapor Trails | Feedback
Live albums, Compilations, etc.
All The World's a Stage | Archives | Exit...Stage Left | A Show of Hands | Chronicles | Retrospective I | Retrospective II | Different Stages | | Rush in Rio
Side Project Albums
Victor | My Favorite Headache