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3.0 out of 5 stars Musically great, sonically disastrous, January 24, 2011
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This review is from: AB III (Audio CD)
First of all the band is fantastic! Musically, this is a great piece of work. I only wish I could hear it. The production and mix is disturbingly lacking in quality and quantity. I bought the CD but it sounds like a poorly compressed cheap mp3. Seriously, I have mp3s with better sound quality than this CD. It's really unfortunate that a great band capable of writing great music and executing it with similar mastery allows the producer/engineer to completely destroy all of their efforts. It's hard for me to believe this was planned by the band to sound this way. If I was allowed to listen to this disk before buying it, I wouldn't have because the sound quality is disgusting. I listen-compare this disk with anything else I have and it is noticeably lacking in audio range and dynamics-there are none. The engineering is what keeps me from giving a full 5 stars. I will give the band 5 stars and the producer gets 0 so I averaged it out at 3. As I mentioned, I'd really like to HEAR this CD but the production makes this extremely difficult.
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2011 9:55:09 PM PST
100% correct. The level of compression on this CD is disgusting. Listening to it on high quality equipment is headache inducing. The idiots that keep doing this to great music should be collectively burned at the stake. SOOO sick of it.

Posted on May 11, 2011 10:18:46 AM PDT
Nate McCooey says:
Hmm. I've had this album since December, and I can't seem to notice any problems. Not the best produced CD I've listened to, but I wouldn't call it disastrous or disgusting either. Sounds just fine on both my car stereo and my Droid Incredible.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 1:23:28 PM PDT
For what it's worth, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" suffered from the same problem, but worse.
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