Vapor Trails (Remixed)

Vapor Trails (Remixed)

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.

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