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Horribly disappointing release
on 24 July 2016
This is a review of the 25th anniversary remastered vinyl edition, not of the music itself (which I love).
This is an album that I grew up listening to: it was one of my dad's favourites and I've since bought it on CD and still listen to it frequently. Perhaps the weight of expectation was too much but I couldn't have imagined being so let down by the first listen. This is the first time in 25 years that I haven't enjoyed this music. The main issue is the continual audio clipping, most notable on Michael Stipe's vocals but also present elsewhere. This record sounds very "hot": much louder at the same amp settings than my other records.
Hopefully I can get hold of an original master in decent condition, then I'll be able to listen all the way though.