Not a fan of the production style,
This review is from: Wormwood (Audio CD)
The first thing I read from professional reviewers with both this and their previous album, Continent, is that their production value has gone up, and this has made the music much more listenable. I honestly can't fathom how anyone could have that opinion. Their older entries, such as The Dead Walk, sounded much clearer and more concise in comparison. Their new production style at Planet Z leaves me scratching my head. The music sounds really muddy and mixed up. It's...over produced I think. Vincent's vocals now have been layered and generated with effects, and it kills me to compare this to the earlier albums when you could hear the roughness of his voice in great detail. What perhaps pains me most about this is despite the new style, the album is written pretty well. If it had been produced more similarly to their older records I wouldn't be writing this review the way I have. If you're on the fence about this album, give it a good listen first. I personally prefer their older albums because I can make out the instrumentation and vocals much more clearly, yet I feel they have a rougher 'garage' sound to them in some respects. Try the album out, you may like it, you may come away with the same opinion as me, but personally I regret buying it.
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Initial post: Apr 8, 2011 8:34:23 PM PDT
B. Scott says:
I agree that it's over-produced, but to me it's not enough to make it unlistenable, just different. It's possible the muddiness/sludge of production was intentional and in relation to the subject matter. I'm sure the end of the world's pretty noisy.
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