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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible mastering, somewhat dull music - for an REM fan, 23 Dec 2013
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I am a big REM fan, I've got most of what was ever released album-wise (LOADS of CDs!), and this was a massive disappointment. Only worth buying to complete a collection, the music is so amazingly badly mastered it's hard to appreciate the content obscured beneath.

Previous albums such as Murmer, Reveal, Up or Automatic for the People have some lovely sonics. Some other albums are maybe a little overproduced and/or dull sounding but this one is something else. The over-compression is so severe I can't relax with the music - it's just ALL SHOUTING AT ONE LEVEL. Sure it could've been a conscious production choice but it's a bad one. Very sad but then we've already got a lot of wonderful music from these guys so we could just pretend this never happened and be content with the many good albums! I just feel disappointed when there are some good lyrics and musical ideas that are strangled by the production and mastering.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2014 17:58:33 BDT
You've made exactly the point, Simon. I'm a big fan too and I think it's almost pointless for us fans to go on discussing lyrics, music, melodies and so on since it's clear that we would still love the band whatever crap they might inflict us (well, might have, now that all is finished): a more useful and fruity discussion should emerge from the production and the sound quality instead. As you've said, this is not to say that the faults are all on the producer's side, the band is responsible too since they conciously decided to choose that particular production. From this viewpoint, I think it's really a shame they still decided being produced by Jacknife Lee for their last record, since Collapse Into Now is a beautiful album ruined by an over-the-top compression too, although not as bad as their previous one . Accelerate I think had lots of misteps lyrically and musically, plus it was a disaster for the ears, but Collapse could have been a 3 and a half star record if only they weren't so lazy (or so stupid) with the production and the sound engineering.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2014 19:34:35 BDT
Indeed. Better to just keep listening to Automatic For the People, an album with 12 tracks of perfect musical mastery and wonderful production, recording and mastering. I've started to buy the older albums on vinyl and so far so good, very pleasing!
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