OK, so after listening to all of Vapor Trails a few times, I thought I'd share my thoughts. The mid-late 80's didn't do happy things to Rush in my opinion. They had a few decent tunes here and there, but the total tour-de-force album was gone with Signals. Don't get me wrong, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and Hold Your Fire all had their moments, they just didn't completely and utterly destroy you the entire way through the album. The 90's came, and with that, Roll the Bones. Ho hum. After hearing "Dreamline" as a single, I had high hopes for this album and it wound up disappointing me. Counterparts made me smile. It was heavier and much more raw sounding than anything they had put out in a very long time. Test for Echo basically followed in the same vein as Counterparts did. I was generally pleased with these two albums. I listened to each of them a great deal and still give them a spin every now and again to this day. (are you still reading? good!) Which brings us to now... or sort of now, two weeks from now is the official release date I believe. Vapor Trails is bad ass. It sounds HUGE, and I mean big time huge. The guitar is mixed way up front on some tunes, which is kind of odd for a Rush album. Geddy still tends to dominate the stringed instrument catagory, with his Big Ass Tone(tm), but every once in a while Alex takes command. The drums, as per usual, sound thunderous. Musically speaking, this album reminds me very much of the mid and late 70's stuff. Very aggressive and complex music. There are moments where they sound an awful lot like King Crimson, and it's a very good thing. A few notes on Geddy's playing. He's really got into playing more than one note at a time, not necessarily a bad thing at all. Geddy plays a 5 string on this album. I believe this is the first time ever on a Rush album (or any recording?). If he's not playing a 5 string, he tuned down his 4 a lot... I'm guessing the low note in the tune "Vapor Trails" is a C? I haven't actually picked up a bass while listening to find out. All said and done, I give this bad boy 4 stars out of 5. It's really, really good and I highly suggest picking it up.