Vinyl Pressing Review

Pure X

Crawling Up The Stairs

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.01.2013

Recorded at Shrine Studios and mastered at Electric Larryland, the sophomore effort from Pure X finds the Austin, TX outfit sharpening the sonic beds in which lead singer Nate Grace's falsetto resides. This meditative and masterfully sequenced LP clarifies the muddled, lo-fidelity sound of the band's 2011 debut. This new approach to production brings Grace's vocals to the forefront of this beautiful follow-up, and the audience is all the better for it. Limited to 1,000 copies.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Near flawless production. The lush instrumentation provide Grace's beautiful falsetto with varied textures that feel cohesive and deliberate. The sequencing is brilliant, with each track serving as a touchstone along a breathtaking journey. The vinyl adds a warmth that might otherwise be lacking from the surgical precision with which this album was crafted.

Pressing Quality:


No noticeable warp or weave. Pressed on heavy, pristine, white vinyl. The jacket is standard issue paper with a durable, heavy card stock paper sleeve featuring lyrics and additional artwork. Nothing over the top, but it's high quality and tasteful in both packaging and design.

Vinyl Noise:


The only static on this record is intentional in its creation of sonic landscapes for lead singer Nate Grace frolic in. I often find colored vinyl focused more on beauty than utility, but such is not the case with the heavy, white wax found here. The pressing matches the album's production in clarity and crispness.

Overall Artwork:


I love the minimalist approach to the album artwork. The cover features a stripped down take on a caduceus symbol with two, interwoven black and white snakes. The sleeve features a pair of severed hands ascending a black and white staircase with several inset images. The packaging is as cohesive and intentional as the music within.

Overall Extras:


The white vinyl is a cool bonus that fits with the minimalism of the album's artwork. The LP includes a digital download. The high quality, heavy card stock for the sleeve is a welcome addition.

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

: 4.30



Label: Acephale Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 18.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: white
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
heavy card stock paper

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