Vinyl Pressing Review

Amo Joy

Amo Joy

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.11.2013

These veteran Indianapolis musicians have released, arguably, their best work to date on their 5th full-length album. The group sounds more mature, but no less jovial on this self-titled LP. Recorded in various home studios around Indy, lead singer Adam Gross has crafted an adult release with greater emotional depth than previous LPs, without abandoning the essential pop rock formula that got him here.

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Overall Sound:


The production and mix of the album are strong, particularly given the fact that much of the album was recorded in home studios around Indianapolis. The vocals are up front. The horns sound great. I could stand for the bass to be a bit more prominent in the mix - the songs occasionally sound a bit brash, but this is just personal preference.

Pressing Quality:


No warping or weaving or other manufacturing flaws are present. The volume remains consistent throughout. The LP is pressed on heavy, marbled purple and red vinyl. The paper sleeve is standard issue. The jacket is high quality.

Vinyl Noise:


No noticeable static or popping. No skipping. The sequencing is tight between songs, but there is very minimal noise between tracks as well.

Overall Artwork:


Both the cover art and label art were designed by Amo Joy's late bassist, Paul Cobb. The cover features a stack of amplifiers, keyboards and stereo equipment all teetering atop a small table. The design looks as if it was etched in white against the album's purple background. The reverse side of the jacket is in black and white, and features a sketch of a glassy-eyed man appearing out of a mountain range with the band's name bursting like a rainbow out of his ear drum. In the foreground, four unrecognizable figures are observing the scene from what appears to be a beach. The pre-order included additional artwork on an insert that is actually a recycle of the cover art from an three-track digital release entitled "Christmas."

Overall Extras:


Full lyrics sheet. Digital download. Additional artwork. Purple vinyl. The lyrics sheet is particularly beneficial for following along to lead singer Adam Gross's beautiful, subversive lyrics. What more could you want?

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

: 4.35



Label: PIAPTK / Gutterth Records / Gray Sky Micro Press /
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 12.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: red
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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