Vinyl Pressing Review

Cooked Books

The Reader

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.22.2013

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Bridavsky at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN, the debut LP from Cooked Books is an explosion of concise, power pop with a dash of psychedelic rock for good measure. Limited to just 300 copies on white vinyl, this LP is a noteworthy first step from a band destined for a wider audience.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


The tones are clear and forceful. Lead singer, David Bower's vocals are buoyant and up front. The mix achieves terrific balance between instruments. The flawless production confirms Russian Recording's position as one of the Midwest's premier studios.

Pressing Quality:


The white vinyl is heavy and pristine. The matted black sleeve is high quality and durable. No warping, weaving or other manufacturing flaws are present. Vinyl noise is minimal. High quality, no frills pressing.

Vinyl Noise:


There is some minimal static in spots, but never anything that overpowers the raucous party of the mix itself. No popping, skipping or other ambient noise. Relatively quiet pressing overall, even between tracks.

Overall Artwork:


The cover art features waves of psychedelic swirls that appear to mimic the complex plumes of a peacock. No artwork on the back cover. The hand-numbered insert features some kind of stencil over plain black and white text, but it's a bit distracting and makes the text tough to read in a few spots.

Overall Extras:


Not too many frills here. Digital download is supposed to be located at, but that page was unavailable at the time of this review. The album does inclde a hand-numbered insert with a hilarious pseudo-interview on the band's formation. It's a nice 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

: 4.10



Label: Let's Pretend Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 10.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: white
Gatefold: No
Digital: No
Inner Sleeves:
matted black paper

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Got a chance to see them for the first time last night at their album release party at The Bishop in Bloomington with Dead Beach and Apache Dropout. All 3 bands sounded incredible. Rock~n~Roll is alive and well in Bloomington, IN. thanks for posting the review, Rob.