Editors’ Notes The excitement of a new Rush album in 2002—six years after 1996’s Test for Echo and its first since Neil Peart’s unfathomable family tragedies (the death of his teenage daughter and his wife within a year)—soon turned into the ultimate fan argument. The songs were the strongest in years, but the production and mastering was a mess—too digitally hot to handle, with a clipped sound that made listening an uncomfortable situation. How could you love an album with such obvious flaws? Finally, in 2013, Vapor Trails was remixed and remastered by David Bottrill—and a brilliant Rush album, guitar-heavy and unlike its '80s output, was fully realized. “One Little Victory” delivers as a comeback anthem, with “Ghost Rider,” the post-9/11 track “Peaceable Kingdom,” and the tuneful “Sweet Miracle” filling out an album that Rush fans knew was the sign of a refurbished, rejuvenated band. No more excuses or rationalizations. The real deal is here at last.

SONG
One Little Victory
1
5:08
 
Ceiling Unlimited
2
5:28
 
Ghost Rider
3
5:40
 
Peaceable Kingdom
4
5:23
 
The Stars Look Down
5
4:28
 
How It Is
6
4:04
 
Vapor Trail
7
4:58
 
Secret Touch
8
6:34
 
Earthshine
9
5:37
 
Sweet Miracle
10
3:40
 
Nocturne
11
4:49
 
Freeze (Part IV of Fear)
12
6:21
 
Out of the Cradle
13
5:03
 

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