I'm usually someone who can't sit alone by himself in a quiet room. Unless I'm intensely preoccupied with something like difficult homework problems, there's almost always some sort of music coming out of my speakers.
But after listening to Rush's 17th studio album, Vapor Trails
, I want to do nothing but sit in this quiet room for the next four to eight hours ... it was *that* bad.
is nothing but noise, noise, noise. It was so noisy that it was noisy even when I turned the volume down, and - apart for some very brief exceptions - it never let up. This thing really drove me nuts ... enduring a 70-minute toneless blur while trying to pay as close attention to it as I could was really taxing my nerves.
Rush had a 6-year break between albums before they finally released this. I'm sure they would've liked to release more albums during that time (especially since Test for Echo
proved to be such a career revitalizing work), but a string of family tragedies had kept them out of it.
So in a sense, I feel bad for having such a negative reaction to this album, when it's fortunate Rush even continued with their careers in the first place. But art is only as good as it is, and if Vapor Trails
drives me up the wall, then that's the way it is.
If you're the sort of listener who likes dark and tormented guitars, and nothing but dark and tormented guitars, no matter how toneless they are - for an entire 70 minutes - then you'd might as well forget everything I'm writing immediately. I can't honestly assess what you might think of it, because your tastes would be alien to me. Even with Heavy Metal albums that I really enjoyed, such as classic Iron Maiden, although I had some inital negative reaction, they ultimately won me over with their complicated guitar riffs, catchy melodies, and tasteful arrangements. It seems that no matter what sort of music it is, I'll like it as long as it meets those fundamental requirements.
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews