Sonic Grade: F
Our Zoo label original LP MURDERED the Classic heavy vinyl reissue. It’s not even close.
The Classic is a opaque, turgid, muffled piece of sh*t compared to the Zoo vinyl pressing we had on hand, and even the CD will kill this embarrassing audiophile reissue.
This is not the easiest record to reproduce, but if you have a big dynamic system, one thing it can do is ROCK. I happen to think it’s the best thing Matthew Sweet ever did, and you deserve to hear it sound right, which means stick with the thin, good sounding vinyl and not this heavy RTI trash from Classic.
This is yet another Disastrous Heavy Vinyl release with godawful sound.
What a murky mess. Dead as a doornail. Disgraceful in every way.
Is it the worst version of the album ever made?
It has to be. The CD is dramatically better. If you own this awful Classic record, buy the CD and find out for yourself if it isn’t better sounding.