A Tale of Two New Releases
Top waveform: A track from Tori Amos’ new album Unrepentant Geraldines, released today.
Bottom waveform: A track from Michael Jackson’s new posthumous album Xscape, released today.
These tracks are representative of their entire respective albums.
Tori’s new album is mastered with a surprising amount of dynamic range for a standard redbook CD/digital release. MJ’s new album is smashed with the limiting hammer that one has come to expect from modern mastering practices.
The result? Tori’s release has a ton of sonic depth and punches when it needs to, and is delicate when it needs to be. Michael’s release is a very flat experience with every song, and every part of every song, at the same volume, the same intensity. It’s very tiring.
It’s nice to see Tori’s album treated so well. But isn’t it sad that I’m surprised at the mastering of Tori’s album and not surprised with the mastering of MJs?
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