Stan said:Ya know, I wish TFF was loud and crisp. Instead, it's muddy. Steve needs hearing aids.
The word "muddy" really fits the situation. I recently got Transatlantic's "Whirlwind" (2009) and OMFG what a sound! The mix is warm and crisp all the way. And it's one of the best albums I've had my hands on for quite a while, too. A band where Mike Portnoy is just the guy on the drums and nothing else, apart from some Phil Collins-like vocals. Really worth a listen!
valacirca said:Honestly, I think this loudness war issue gets taken too far sometimes.
In some cases, like in the case of Death Magnetic, there's a very valid point. In others however, it borders on nitpicking.
In most modern albums I hear, including this one, it really doesn't bother me at all.
I admit I thought "loudness war" would heat up the topic a bit. On top of it, I was guessing by ear, looking for a reason why it sounds the way it does. Anyway, I think it depends on each one's concept of a fine mix.