Joe Col wrote:lazarus wrote:A major disappointment. Sincerely.
And the sound/production is as f***d as on Bloodsports.
I can't believe they did the same mistake again.
And mixing each song without any blank is a bad idea.
That sure didn't take long.
Been listening to this all day. I hear nothing wrong production/sound/mixing wise. No clipping either. The lack of "blanks" is intentional, if you've read or watched any interview since September.
That said, this is a stunning piece of work. Truly beautiful. The flow between tracks is seamless. The songs people felt were too Suede (Like Kids & Outsiders) are perfect in the context of the album, gives you some light from the dark (I loved those songs anyway).
The band sound immense. Richard's playing in particular is astonishing. He shines, especially on I Don't Know How To Reach You. Mat & Simon's rhythm section hold everything down, with Neil's keys weaving through it all. Brett sounds fantastic. Youthful.
It is well worth the wait. I can't wait to see the film.
I love the album, it is nearly perfect for me, but I have to join the group of the ones who are dissapointed with the sound mix. I just do not understand where is the added value of putting all instruments out loud. It kills an atmosphere of the songs badly IMO. Take "I don´t know how to reach you," which I consider a cornerstone of the album. No clippings you say? I clearly hear a speaker rattle in the Richard guitar's reverb, especially in the beginning of the verses. It is just there, sorry. In the intrumental bridge before "I never thought it would happen..." coda the distortion can be heard even more distinctly! On the other hand the Brett's voice is buried in wall of loud sound, feels like they locked him in a container and let him sing.
The song is really great in its complicated structure, combining elements of art rock/pop/punk. But the sound mixing kind of kills the quality. The punkrock/hardrock finale is introduced by the arty prelude of keyboard and guitar and graduating drums, excitement grows, you are expecting the burts of energy and... there is just another wall of sound with no distinct dynamics (and for me also a major let down). The verses should have sounded more gentle and quiet, chorus should have had Brett's voice more prominent, the guitar solo would shine brighter if it was set in the front of the mix (in the verse and chorus being heard more in the background), the bridge should have been much more quieter, drums leading to finale more prominent and... final part should have had sounded very agressive and loud, here was the place to let the speakers explode. What we have in reality is just a slush.
I imagine for example how "November rain" from GNR would sound with the same mixing as IDKHTRY has... There are of course other songs on Night Thoughts with the same problems, but this song particulary suffers the most from the mixing. Looking for the remasters in the near future though. That will be an ecstasy