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catchy pop songs, beautiful moments. shocking sound quality
on 10 April 2012
This album by The Shins is a great listen.
There are some really catchy songs, and the musical content of the album continues as it begins with the album opener 'the rifle's spiral' - one of the stand out tracks of the album.
It's also got some very mellow moments, that it's really enjoyable to relax into.
Now for the 'less-good' news. Listening to the album on some not especially expensive headphones, I found it hard to listen to the album all the way through. My ears were hurting due to the sound quality.
Doing some googling, I was quite shocked to find on one website, that the album had been measured with a dynamic range of 'six', which basically meant the levels had been pushed really high at the recording stage - that this was why I found it so difficult to enjoy. To put it in perspective, other albums on the website I discovered had a range of 11-14 - cutting through it, twice the audio quality.
When recording quality is sacrificed like this, it becomes very hard to enjoy the beautiful aspects of this album, and it's truly killing me to say it, because I love this album.
Hopefully, they'll re-release the tracks in the future on some kind of greatest-hits and re-master them at the time.
I'm a bit gutted to be honest.