It's no Songs for the Deaf but what is? It's quite upbeat, not as dark as some of their older stuff but I think it works. There are moments that are a bit too Franz Ferdinand for my tastes but in general I am enjoying it.
I'm curious what the value of a thick vinyl is considering it's just as susceptible to dust and scratching?
And the weight of the thing is more to do with your platter than the vinyl itself to get any benefit. Actually, a poorly balanced, heavy platter/record is probably worse than a normal LP.
I guess it just feels nice.
Anyway, I liked the opening track and then hit pause, went to make tea and forgot to listen to it all. I'll finish tomorrow. It's nice things are immediately on Spotify these days, without having to download/pay/wait to hear a new album.
Green Gecko wrote:Lol, I was imagining this giant pancake/frisbee thing. You do get heavyweight vinyls, but they're usually used as archival copies (although I may be thinking of gold disks).
I think all vinyl these days are "heavyweight", it's just how they're made now.
I'm not sure how thick they were back when vinyl was at its high but in the late 80s when CD came out they were manufactured so thinly and I think that's why such a big deal is made about "180g vinyl" to step away from the stigma. A few records I have from the 80s and 90s are so flexible and I've had some from eBay I've had to return where they have actually warped.
I actually bought some warped vinyls once for 20p each deliberately for sound art experiments, got some cracking warbly, ghostly samples out of Cliff Richard and Kylie singles . Sounds like something out of Twin Peaks.
I imagine it would help with that, but maybe nowadays heavyweight is just normal compared to the obvious cost cutting about with producing millions. I wasn't alive so I wouldn't know, I'm sure I could find some terrible records in my mother's collection though (or at least what's left of it).
I've not noticed anything literally floppy in my handful of records. I can't really remember records other than a novelty digging them up again and speeding up and slowing down a Beatles record.. We had a double tape deck and CDs, I probably didn't appreciate that was high end at the time because my father has always been an audio buff. I remember the CD deck was a Phillips built like a tank (actually looked like something out of a cold war armoured vehicle in army grey) - given Phillips invented the format it was probably a good'un.
I'd like a great vinyl setup but I just don't have the space. Have an automatic Kenwood deck and various opportunities to do up decent Pioneer ones but on top of the games and CAD stuff there's just nowhere for it to go even in 2 small rooms.
I'm very happy with my balanced audio monitors and optical out from a CD separate to my audio interface (that has a standalone mode, making it basically a small mixer that just routes stuff). Sounds fantastic, but lacks character. Shame I lost my old Denton/Wharfdale bookshelf monitors (actually I think my brother blew them up) and my Marantz amp died.
I miss getting a CD even from Play and just listening to music without any devices/computer sometimes. No Spotify or online samples of the entire album, no compression and no badly encoded MP3s / warez. Surprisingly, the PS3 seems to do that job now - shame its fans are so strawberry floating loud.
I think another reason records went paper thin was to make CDs more attractive (just like CDs now that are literally a disc and sometimes a cardboard sleeve, no booklet etc making downloads more attractive)