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Great songs, lovely warmth, but why not 4 or 5 stars?...
on 15 February 2014
I agree this is a superb album and whilst it's not been produced too cleanly, listening to the mix on headphones, I do find the production a little muddy. Using the Thunder Runner as an example, the lead guitar, bass and vocals have all been placed in the central position with only accompanying instruments taking the far left and far right channels.
This is a shame because it would have sounded better in my view with a bit more of a wider sound scape. It seems they have relied a bit too much on the reverb to create the space in the sound with much of the action happening out in front. Maybe the producer is a bit of a John Leckie fan maybe? (Google the words 'John Leckie' and 'muddy')
It's been mastered a little too hot as well. A bit more dynamic punch and headroom wouldn't have gone amiss too - but hey ho, I suppose this is the 21 Century where engineers just can't help brick wall limiting everything.
Otherwise I can't say any more than what has already been written by others.
Great Band, but they should definitely choose a different producer on the next record!