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2.0 out of 5 stars If the problem is loudness..., 2 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Clockwork Angels (Audio CD)
...then it's struck again. This CD is almost unlistenable. The sound is murky with little distinction while all of the instruments fight like fuzzy midgets to be heard. Add to this the all pervading sense of listener fatigue - you may think that you do not know this, but it's often what makes you avoid certain records - your body and subconscious knows better than your head! I have listened all of the way through three times and I do not think I can face it again. The songs also sound as if they are suffering from a similar problem - always "on" with very little light and shade. Rush albums usually took a few listens to lock in. I just cannot put myself through the sonic mill here to see if the old charm shows itself. Oh well, there are lots of Rush albums to listen to that don't have that effect.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2012 19:36:20 GMT
J. Milner says:
The very reason that this is the first Rush album I haven't bought and have no intention of buying. It could be an amazing album for all i know but i am so sick of the appalling destruction of recorded sound that i refuse to even acknowledge it. Shame on Rush for pandering to the lowest common denomenator. Once they pioneered superior sounding albums but now they are just like all the rest. Be nice to have a choice about how loud i want my music. What i WOULD like is music to actually breathe and have some dynamics instead of just being slammed in my face. Should be no surprise. The Sector box sets sound awful.

Posted on 8 Dec 2012 12:58:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Dec 2012 15:30:22 GMT
G. Young says:
I totally empathise with this, it is such a disappointment because the album itself is excellent. I can really only listen to it on my midi system. On my main system (which is a fairly serious bit of kit) it is a muddy mess. The drums sound like a distant echo of real drums. Even on albums like Presto and Roll The Bones, which are quite light on the bottom end, the drum sound is pristine and there are plenty of details and dynamics to be found. I never thought I'd say this but with regards to Clockwork Angels, I actually perfer the sound of Vapor Trails, the 'battered' mix kind of suits the bruised nature of the songs.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 11:25:33 GMT
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