Vinyl Pressing Review

The Gardenheads


Growing Season


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.21.2013

Springfield, MO's The Gardenheads offer a vinyl only release format for their sophomore LP on Wee Rock Records. The album offers infectious hooks and accessible, guitar-driven melodies built upon a power pop format reminiscent of 1990's-era Big Star and underrated Indiana rock outfit Thunderhawk.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

8.00

Clean, crisp melodies driven by guitar and vocals. The vocals are up front. The bass could be a little more prominent in the mix for my liking, but it's still apparent. The drums are a bit brash, but much of that is owed to the snare-heavy style of play. Overall, the album achieves a nice balance with no substantial complaints.
 

Pressing Quality:

7.50

The LP plays a little bit on the quiet side. I found myself turning the volume up more than most. The volume, though quiet, remains consistent throughout. The paper sleeve and jacket are both standard issue. The vinyl is thick and durable. There was some very minimal warping on our copy, but not enough to effect playback.
 

Vinyl Noise:

8.00

Very quiet pressing. There is some minor static on the b-side, but nothing prominent. No popping, skipping or other ambient noise present, even between tracks.
 

Overall Artwork:

8.00

The artwork on the jacket's front cover features hand-drawn skulls blooming from an assortment of flowers, taking the band's name quite literally. The cover also features a hand-drawn border and lettering. The back cover features a bird perched on a branch smoking a cigarette above the album's track listing. At the bottom is a vignette of a landscape with a skull on the ground, carrying over the theme from the front.
 

Overall Extras:

6.50

Not much in the way of extras here. The album includes a digital download. Careful collectors will notice the free Popsicle stick joke etched into the center of the LP, which reads: "When should you buy a bird?" on the a-side, and "when it's going cheep!" on the b-side. So there is that.


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

: 3.80

 


Info

Label: Wee Rock Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 12.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
paper
 


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