May 17, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Vapor Trails

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Atlantic
genre
Rock
We gave it a B+

They’re known for making metal arty. But the real lure of this Canadian band’s 17th studio work isn’t its complexity but its catchiness. Alex Lifeson’s guitar riffs, in songs like ”One Little Victory” or ”Ghost Rider,” have the cocky appeal of the Who’s power chords, and the fleet virtuosity of Genesis’ early epics. Prog-rock never sounded so listener friendly.

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