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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid album let down by sound quality., 8 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Not Your Kind Of People [Deluxe] (Audio CD)
I've always been a fan of the band and remember being blown away by how good their debut was in the mid-nineties, so I was really excited to hear that they were returning after seven years away.

This album offers some of their best songs to date, with Control, Sugar and Battle In Me being particular highlights. Like with many albums there are some that'll have you reaching for the skip button so as a collection it's a four-star album; Garbage fans will lap this up.

However, the sound quality of the recordings is what ultimately knocks off a star. It's so heavily compressed and distorted that in places it sounds quite harsh. I'm not a sound-engineer nor have I experience in the mixing room but, at the risk of sounding a bit of an audio-snob, it's pretty obvious even to the untrained ear that dynamic range has been sacrificed for loudness.

Nevertheless, it's good to see the band back in action after seven years.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2012 00:14:51 GMT
SJ Bailey says:
Well, I'm definitely not a sound engineer but your review caught my eye because of the experience I had listening to 'Blood for Poppies' on my MP3 player. I kind of liked the groove but the sound quality was really unpleasant. There seemed to be too much treble and an awful lot of hissing. I like my music loud and that's never a problem for my MP3 player, but now I have to remember to skip the track before it starts as it's just painful to listen to. What precedes it are a few tracks from 'Bleed Like Me' and there's no problem with those tracks at all. Altogether very odd from a band containing 3 very experienced record producers. You'd think they'd be so particular about sound quality. Could it be a flaw in the CD's manufacture?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2014 16:42:10 BDT
I am totally confused by some of the negative remarks about the CD's sound. I have this on both CD and Itunes, and can't really fault either. Garbage have a very distinctive, highly produced, sometimes intentionally distorted sound, but as a long time fan I didn't notice any actual problem with the recording. Perhaps there are a few dodgy CDs out there? I recommend checking out the iTunes version to compare if still unsure.
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