4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good music let down by lousy mastering,
This review is from: El Camino (Audio CD)
The music I would rate at 4 stars, but the CD only gets 1 star due to the truly lousy mastering of this disc. Who mastered this? It's absolutely horrible, brick-walled beyond belief and that has killed any dynamic range that would have existed in the original studio recording. What a shame. I wish contemporary mastering engineers would STOP doing this. It's totally killing music. The CD itself is packed full of great tunes, but the sound is totally ruined by the brick-walled mastering that dominates most of the tracks. The loudness wars have gotten ridiculous. I have to roll the bass off on my amp completely in order to make this CD even vaguely listenable. I hope whoever mastered this CD is reading this. I'm off to listen to some CDs mastered by Steve Hoffman, someone who knows how to master a CD properly without killing the music.