Top critical review
10 people found this helpful
Should have been released on 2LPs
on 17 September 2011
The reason I'm only giving this album two stars is because it is a review of the sound quality of the vinyl edition of the album, the music itself is worth four stars in my opinion. The first thing I noticed when I played this record was that it was very quiet but luckily my amplifier is powerful enough to be cranked up sufficiently. However, there was a serious lack of bass on the first two tracks. This is because side 1 is over 27 minutes long. The maximum length a side of vinyl should be is around 24 minutes long, and less for a bass intensive album such as this. The overall album length is about 48 minutes, so it should of been pressed onto two records. The song protection sounds considerably inferior without that deep bass sound.
However, for some reason Three and Weather Storm sound better than the CD version. Nicolette's voice on Three sounds more sensual and has more presence than on the CD version. Craig Armstrong's piano playing on Weather Storm also sounds more intricate. Whether these differences are caused by a different mix, the equipment I'm using or the inherent difference between CD and Vinyl I am not 100% sure.
When I turned the record over the first thing I noticed was that Better Things was a lot louder and had 10 times more bass than anything on side 1. This is because side 2 is around 21 minutes long.
However at the end of this track there was severe vocal sibilance. This continues throughout Eurochild and Sly but is absent on Light My Fire. I tried turning my amplifier right down but the sibilance was still there on these tracks. This somewhat ruins the magic of Nicolette's jazzy vocals on Sly. Since I can only think of one record that I own where the sibilance is this bad I can only assume it is the fault of the mastering. Hopefully, some other owners of this album will comment whether or not they have noticed similar sibilance problems.
The last two tracks of the album sound great. However, because of a lack of bass on side 1 and sibilance on side 2 I recommend you buy the CD instead of the vinyl. If you already own the CD and have some money to burn it might be worth buying this vinyl because I'm pretty sure some songs have superior mixes on the vinyl.