Recent Records That Would Be Great If They Were Quieter

A Listmania! list by Sick Mouthy (Exeter, Devon)
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I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
1.  I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo
The list author says:
  "The first half's not that bad, but the second half, when they start rocking out a bit more, loses it into a wall of mush. WHY?! Cos it's mastered too loud."
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Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
2.  Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey
The list author says:
  "A great set of direct songs by PJ, but squashed and smoothed and lacking in personality compared to her other work. Sadly her most successful - you can see why people do it."
£5.33   Used & New from: £0.60
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

A Strangely Isolated Place
3.  A Strangely Isolated Place by Ulrich Schnauss
The list author says:
  "There's no excuse for the bass to bloom and clip in a record like this, which is meant to be enveloping and somnambulent, not headache-inducing."
£28.95   Used & New from: £4.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

This New Day
4.  This New Day by Embrace (UK)
The list author says:
  "Some of their best songs, butchered by a hideous mix and obnoxiously loud mastering. Even Smaller Stones could have been so much better."
£4.50   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

The Debt Collection
5.  The Debt Collection by Shortwave Set
The list author says:
  "Whoever decided to obliterate this at the mastering stage needs shooting; such a potentially great record made unlistenable."
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One Time for All Time
6.  One Time for All Time by 65daysofstatic
The list author says:
  "Postrock is meant to be dynamic and exciting - this is as flat as a pancake. Thankfully their new one isn't, and is much better for it."
£20.45   Used & New from: £2.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Drowning in a Sea of Love
7.  Drowning in a Sea of Love by Nathan Fake
The list author says:
  "People think only 'acoustic' and 'realistic' music suffers from being too loud; not true. Electronica ends up being a barage of fat sounds, and loses the space and detail that are meant to typify it."
£11.97   Used & New from: £0.65
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Before The Dawn Heals Us
8.  Before The Dawn Heals Us by M83
The list author says:
  "Just a hideous mess of synths pumped up as if on steroids; exciting the first time you listen and then never again."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Silent Alarm
9.  Silent Alarm by Bloc Party
The list author says:
  "So much potential, so loud, so many headaches. Amazingly the new one is WORSE, and doesn't even have the songs to redeem it."
£6.34   Used & New from: £0.30
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

LCD Soundsystem
10.  LCD Soundsystem by LCD Soundsystem
The list author says:
  "The debut album lost the build+release dynamic of those early singles; it's subtle, but makes a difference. The new album gets it back."
£24.79   Used & New from: £1.05
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Radical Connector
11.  Radical Connector by Mouse On Mars
The list author says:
  "Listen to this next to Autoditacker and it's madly obvious what too much dynamic range compression does, and why it's bad."
£17.08   Used & New from: £3.69
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Kid A
12.  Kid A by Radiohead
The list author says:
  "Mastered like a mainstrem rock record even though it isn't, and probably responsible for so many recent bad mastering jobs on electronica and experimental records. Bastards!"
£4.95   Used & New from: £1.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Heaven Or Las Vegas
13.  Heaven Or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins
The list author says:
  "This is a prime example of why remastering is not always good; Robin Guthrie must hate this record so much to have made it this unlistenable."
£7.68   Used & New from: £4.39
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Funeral
14.  Funeral by Arcade Fire
The list author says:
  "Mastered like a Coldplay record; that big, ugly, off-putting wall-of-sound that you assume will sound better on CD than the radio - it doesn't."
£8.99   Used & New from: £1.17
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

At War With the Mystics
15.  At War With the Mystics by The Flaming Lips
The list author says:
  "The daddy of dynamic range compression - digital clipping is used as an instrument here, not an accident. I know it's an aesthetic choice, but its a horrible one."
£4.32   Used & New from: £0.94
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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