Vinyl Pressing Review


Witching & Divining

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.07.2013

A sinister seriousness casts a shadow over this expansive collection of American roots, blues and folk tunes. Lead singer Jeff Crandall's confident growl is the driving force behind the sophomore LP from this Minneapolis five-piece.

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Overall Sound:


Recorded by Randy Gildersleeve and mastered by JJ Golden, the album features a very nice production. The instrumentals are rich, crisp, and maintain an evenhanded balance regardless of which creative direction Swallows decides to venture. The vinyl adds warmth to the low end of the cello and upright bass. The vocals are up front throughout.

Pressing Quality:


The vinyl feels heavy and durable. The paper sleeve and jacket are standard issue. No warping, weaving, inner-groove distortion or other manufacturing flaws are present. The album maintains consistent volume throughout.

Vinyl Noise:


Very quiet pressing. There is some very minimal, occasional static. No popping, skipping or other vinyl noise present.

Overall Artwork:


The cover art has the feel of a ghostly vintage photograph where the figure's face has begun to vanish over time. The background features faint collection of barely decipherable symbols. It fits the album title and themes of witchcraft and sorcery. No additional artwork included.

Overall Extras:


Includes a digital download.

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

: 3.85



Label: Swallow the Music
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 15.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:



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