Vinyl Pressing Review

Japonize Elephants

Melodie Fantastique

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.31.2013

Japonize Elephants continues to hone its sound and redefine genres in the vein of gypsies past. The group employs unorthodox arrangements and an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach to instrumentation to create a truly unique listening experience that borrows from bluegrass, folk, and a laundry list of other genres.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


The production quality on this release is immaculate. Each instrument is given ample room to shine in the mix. The lush, choral background vocals are pervasive in spots. The lead vocals are up front. The strings are bright and clear. The rhythms are crisp and prominent.

Pressing Quality:


No warping, weaving, interior groove distortion or other manufacturing flaws are present. The pressing is heavy and feels durable. The glossy paper sleeve with lyrics is a nice touch.

Vinyl Noise:


Very quiet pressing. No noticeable static, popping, or other ambient noise present.

Overall Artwork:


The artwork is by David Gantz. It differs from the artwork for the CD and digital download. The cover art features a backdrop of a red sun with the trunk and tusks of a hand-drawn elephant in the foreground. The elephant appears to have a drum or spool of string on one of its broken tusks. The back cover has the rays of the red sun bleeding over from the front, with a photograph of late bandmember Evan Farrell, for whom the album was dedicated.

Overall Extras:


The LP includes a digital download. High-gloss sleeve with lyrics and additional artwork. Not many extras beyond that.

Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.


Total Score

: 4.15



Label: none
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 20.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
high gloss paper

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