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Everything about it is terrible, wasn't expecting that.
But it definitely isn't a patch on Loveless. Weirdly, I actually think in terms of songs, Loveless is actually a much much more accessible album too.
Aside from the fact that it might be a grower, and I really hope it is, the drums on this record are horrible. Recorded poorly and played terribly.
I agree Loveless is a more accessible record and I wasn't expecting it to be so.
In all honestly I've heard from people that the mix on the original CD's are a bit tinny. Did you buy the remaster? Because unless you're listening on rubbish speakers I can't understand where you get the idea of horrible sounding drums from. Sure, they're recorded differently, but they're recorded differently in the same way Albini records his drums differently too, it's just a different way of doing it. Personally I love it. They don't sound fake or overproduced like a lot of programmed drums do.
but being played on very good speakers. Its not all about the sound of the drums that I don't like, just think some parts are played really poorly.
but whatever, Isn't Anything is a superior album (IN MY OPINION) with much stronger individual songs to Loveless' more conceptually consistent splurge.
Also, the drums on Isn't Anything are fucking awesome compared to the tiny programmed drums on Loveless.
I like Loveless and I've always thought that the programmed drums on that record let it down somewhat. But at least the sound is consistent some, Isn't anything sounds in parts like a live recorded kick drum and a terribly pieced together sampled snare drum which is never the greatest combination.
because I've only heard the former, and I thought the songwriting was much focused more than 'Loveless' to the point where I'd almost think I was listening to a different band.