Originally Posted by DaveB
My ear for detail just sucks (entirely possible), the speakers I'm currently using are lousy (entirely possible), or there were different leaks of varying quality, because the difference between the Amazon download and the copy I've had is nowhere near as distinct as people are making it out to be in this thread.
Could it be that you're just warming up to the album? I'm liking it more, but I still think it lacks a little in the energy and pacing departments compared to their previous work. It's still one of the better releases of the year, but I don't think I'm going to end up liking it more than Funeral (although I can see it equaling Neon Bible).
I listened to it on vinyl and downloaded FLAC files, so the quality between that and the Amazon MP3's might have something to do with it. Or we had different bootleg copies, because I swear to god there is a huge difference in quality between the two. Get some quality headphones and compare. It's not outstandingly huge, but you'll notice some big differences.
Or, it could be one of the things you mentioned.
And it's nowhere close to Funeral for me. Granted, Funeral is my favorite record of the past decade (and one of my favorites ever). It's growing on me means that I was somewhat passive and dismissive of it on first listen. Now I'm starting to think it's one of the better releases of the year. But it's also a very good year, so that says a lot.
I think it might surpass Neon Bible for me eventually. I just listened to that album again today (after kinda wearing out The Suburbs) and some of the overblown songwriting doesn't hold up. It's still great, but some of the subtlety and maturity on this album might cause it to edge it out eventually.
ETA: Also, this is just an awesome cover
. I wish they played this at the Boston show.