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Vapor Trails, tarot and the "loudness wars"

Tue, Jan 23, 2007@9:31AM | comments

I recently came across a couple of articles which deal with Vapor Trails and thought I'd throw them together in one post. The first, titled How CDs are remastering the art of noise, talks about the loudness wars in the album recording process of recent years - how albums are getting louder at the expense of sound quality. The article mentions Vapor Trails as one of the examples of this trend. This would certainly jibe with the many negative comments I've seen on this site and others regarding the recording of Vapor Trails.

The other article comes from the Tarot Channel blog and discusses the use of tarot imagery in the album lyrics and artwork:

... In his memoir Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, Neil relates his 14-month, 55,000 mile trip on a motorcycle in search for a reason to live. Interestingly, Neil describes an accurate Tarot card reading he received in California, even using Tarot himself while reading Tarot for Dummies--with equally good results.

The liner notes to the Vapor Trails CD features thirteen Tarot card images--one card to each song ...