Originally Posted by trkdrmr
Referring to older efforts. I don't see S&A as radically different from vapor trails, certainly not the paradigm shift that Signals represented from the preceding era.
Vapor trails hold significance for me, and it is memorable because of the comeback aspects. Most of the songs evoke images from the book Ghost rider. They also have a deeper significance to me. "One little victory" sticks because it evokes moving forward, even by one small (triumphant) step after an unimaginable tragedy or defeat. "Vapor trails" evokes images seen while travelling the healing road.
Now please, sell me on S&A. What makes it great? I am not being sarcastic here, because I just don't "get" this album. I want to like it, but I have not found a reason to.
Dude, I'm not gonna try to "twist your arm" to like S&A. You have EVERY right not to find it to your liking. It's ok. Really. ;-)
But I feel that Nick Raskulinecz,(Foo Fighters producer) don't ask me to pronounce that, added a new and different spin on Rushs' current sound. Like Neil says, and I tend to agree(big surprise, huh?), Nick challenged them to elevate themselves "individually" to create a different combined experience. And Rich Chycki(Aerosmith/Mick Jagger) added his expertise with the engineering and mix.
Not necessarily elevating the "physical" part but the emotional one. And I believe that they achieved this. Though, it may be more subtle to some ears as it is to others.
To each is own, brudda. ;-)