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Good music... bad over compressed record
on 5 April 2011
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending is nice collection of Beatles influenced sounds but without loosing the TFF's soul. I won't get into details about the songs because there are enough good reviews here to give an idea of the music's quality.
What I want to discuss here is the fact that this record is compressed as hell, sadly becoming another casualty in the loudness war. This record has so much going on musically you would suppose it would be a joy ride in dynamic range, but no... this record has as much dynamic range as Metallica's Death Magnetic! Incredible ha?!! But that's the sad truth, not only it's over compressed, there is distortion all over the place. I can't believe experienced musicians as Orzabal and Smith let something so precious as their music get into the hands of commercially minded audio engineers for mastering. It's not like they'd be competing for radio space with Beyonce or The Black Eyed Peas for crying out loud.
Anyhow if you have no idea of what I am talking about please research a bit about the loudness war, you would be surprised what you have been missing in recent music releases and why vinyl is still preferred by music aficionados.
Four stars for the music, zero stars for the audio quality.