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Great Music - Poor Packaging
on 15 May 2015
The music on this CD has been reviewed a few times, and most of the comments are accurate - this is wonderful music. In fact, I'll go as far as to say this is Mary's best work to date. As Dylan wrote much of Blood on the Tracks from the perspective of lost love, so now we have a modern incarnation of broken hearts and bruised souls. That alone doesn't make a great recording - it becomes great if and when the artist couples it with melodies that elevate the subject matter to another level, as has been done here. These are singable tunes that act as ear worms and stay with you. It's fantastic stuff.
However, I'm on the line of giving it three or four stars, and have opted for three. In this day and age, with decreasing market share for physical CD's, I suppose we shouldn't expect too much. But this music deserved a better presentation than this. I like Digipacs (although I have nothing against Jewel cases) - but sometimes, as is the case here, they come off as cheap and nasty. In previous releases we have been treated with nice booklets with Mary's releases, with lyrics and pictures. That is not the case here. In fact, there is NO booklet at all. The digipac opens out to display the CD on one side, and the track credits (only) on the left hand side. That's your lot.
I paid full price for this music, and feel short-changed. Not musically, this is fantastic stuff. However, if you are torn between physical media or the download, then you might want to consider the latter. At least now you know what to expect.