Vinyl Pressing Review

Judson Claiborne

We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.18.2013

Confessional, powerful songwriting and a beautiful, natural production are the hallmarks of Judson Claiborne's third LP, and first release on In Store Recordings. It's a balanced effort that experiments without ever losing its focus. A cohesive, enjoyable album, that's only heightened by this pristine pressing.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Crisp production. Vocals are out front. The instrumentation is crisp and clear, but still feels natural. The LP doesn't sound airbrushed or artificial. Credit is due to Tim Iseler who mixed the record and assisted on production. Volume remains consistent throughout.

Pressing Quality:


High quality blue vinyl. It's thick and durable, but not especially heavy. The jacket is glossy and high quality with spectacular artwork. Paper sleeve is standard issue. No warping, weaving or other manufacturing flaws.

Vinyl Noise:


No noticeable static, popping or skipping present, even between tracks.

Overall Artwork:


Cover art features photography by Paul Elledge and a design by Sheila Sachs. The front cover features an abstract linear drawing that kind of looks like chalk against a blackboard, but it's not. The back of the jacket features a series of vignettes - some with handwritten lyrics and others with pinwheels, skeletons, leaves and glasses. All of the artwork is tinted with blue, which coheres well with the LP itself.

Overall Extras:


The deluxe bundle that came with a pre-order purchase of this LP was nothing short of spectacular. It includes the 'Neo Pagan Love Songs' 7" on white vinyl, a t-shirt, immediate digital download. The LP is also pressed on beautiful blue vinyl with black marbling.

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

: 4.40



Label: In Store Recordings
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 15.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: blue
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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