Vinyl Pressing Review

Sonny & The Sunsets

Antenna to the Afterworld

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.30.2013

Sonny Smith rebounds from the post-divorce despondence of 'Longtime Companion' for a concept record that centers around an extraterrestrial's first impressions of earth. Despite the change in scenery, the human condition and all of its various pitfalls are at the core of the songwriting here, and Smith's voice is as incisive as ever.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Smith's wavering vocals are up front. The production work on the guitars is admirable, giving equal clarity to the jangly electric lines and the softer acoustic moments. The flourishes of synthesizer round out the edges of an otherwise straightforward garage release. The background vocals are lush and beautiful. The vocals get a little lost on "Death Scene," but this decision is clearly intentional.

Pressing Quality:


The purple vinyl is heavy and durable. No warping, weaving, or other manufacturing flaws present. The insert is printed on a sturdy card stock. The album sleeve is standard issue. The jacket, though beautiful, is relatively standard issue as well. Overall, the pressing is somewhere between good and great.

Vinyl Noise:


There is some minimal static periodically throughout the LP, but never anything prominent. It's really only noticeable between tracks and even then it's minimal. No popping, skipping or other noise present.

Overall Artwork:


The cover and insert art was handled by Chris Johanson. The layout and design is by Ryan Browne. The cover artwork has the appearance of a watercolor painting in hues of blue, purple, pink and red. The insert is in full color and riffs off of the album's various themes including extraterrestrials and mortality. The color choices cohere with the purple LP nicely.

Overall Extras:


The first 500 copies are pressed on beautiful, high quality purple vinyl. A purchase from Polyvinyl includes immediate digital download, but the LP also comes with a download card. The insert is a full color, double-sided copy of a watercolor painting by artist Chris Johanson.

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

: 4.20



Label: Polyvinyl Record Co.
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 15.00
Pressing Company: Unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: purple
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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