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  Pixies: Bossanova

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Review by vonwegen December 31, 2008 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Just got mine yesterday.

I found this to be a LOT more listenable than the original CD, which had that wretched 80s snare sound that prevented me from turning it up much past half volume (a'la The Sisters Of Mercy's Floodland CD, another notorious 80s release blighted by "snare-itis").

This SACD has a lot smoother sound,; though it doesn't totally lose that overly bright snare, at least it's toned down to a tolerable level. Nice cymbal detail the original didn't have, plus the CB radio/bullhorn effect on some of the vocal parts is not so abrupt or jarring. Plus the rack & floor toms have a lot more satisfying 'oomph'. It'S a very reverbed soundstage, but the SACD reveals a lot of different reverbs going on at the same time, while allowing you to hear the sonic layersmuch more distinctly than before.

Lots of nice details I didn't hear on the original CD, like a lot more of Kim Deal's backing vocals (they are there, but multi-layered and somewhat low in the mix), plus a lot of layers of acoustic guitars. Also, I can finally hear that Theremin in the album credits.

The mastering is the key--thumbs up to Rob Le Verde for the nice work--you really feel like you're sitting in the studio, listening to the playback over studio monitors instead of with a cheap boombox. Overall, the MoFi version makes me like this album a lot better than before.

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