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Great album, scarred by the overuse of compression.
on 5 December 2016
Great songs, thoughtfully created with some catchy/memorable tracks, shame the producer in charge of this: Alex Da Kid decided the best way to finish off this great album was to compress the hell out of it, masses of clipping making 'Radioactive' practically unplayable due to the ridiculous distortion.
It reminds me of the hip teenager in his resprayed Vauxhall Corsa, blasting out his music full bore, windows down, slowly nodding his head, whilst passers buy shout, "you need to upgrade your stock speakers mate!"
It's the School-Boy-Error-Effect when you max out the gain/compression so your track sounds AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE.
Demons, On Top of The World and Bleeding Out are all tracks demonstrating too much clipping/distortion, making you have to turn it down, thinking your speakers are struggling, not to mention it sounding awful. Other tracks on the album are less distorted and, coincidently, these are tracks NOT co-written by the producer, sadly the 4 well known tracks are all co-written by him.
The album has some masterpiece tracks created by the band, a clever alternative delight, but please… get this album re-produced properly. I'm amazed the Mastering House who got given these tracks didn't throw them back with the polite words "…now go back and do it properly''!
So people?.. if you wander why the most memorable tracks on the album sound like they're playing through a crap set of speakers/headphones!? Fear not…the rest of the album is just as bad, and all thanks to the Award Winning producer who calls himself …The Kid?!