Vinyl Pressing Review

Steve Gunn


Time Off


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 09.16.2013

Known for his work as a guitarist in Kurt Vile's Violators, Steve Gunn has quietly established himself as a premier acoustic guitarist with his paw prints on more than a dozen releases since 2007. 'Time Off' is billed as Gunn's first release with a full band, yet his collaboration with drummer John Truscinski dates back, at least as far as 2010's 'Sand City.' Regardless of when you specifically designate the origins of Gunn's career as a bandleader, most will agree that he has achieved something lasting and noteworthy on the six tracks that comprise 'Time Off.'



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

9.00

The vocals, though succinct and discernible, reside somewhere in the middle of the mix. The guitars are more up front. The overall sound is warm and rich. The rhythms tend to breathe alongside the guitars, adding a backbone without becoming the driving force for the arrangements.
 

Pressing Quality:

8.00

The pressing quality is quite nice, and the packaging has the professional feel of a larger independent label like Merge or SubPop, despite the relative obscurity of Paradise of Bachelors. The virgin vinyl pressing is heavy with no warping, weaving, or other manufacturing flaws present. There was some creasing on the jacket of our copy that's likely the result of shipping or shrink-wrapping. There is some minor vinyl noise throughout, but excellent pressing overall.
 

Vinyl Noise:

8.00

There is some minor static and occasional popping on the a-side of my copy. Nothing substantial or particularly distracting, but it's there. No skipping present. The b-side had a more pristine playback.
 

Overall Artwork:

8.50

The color scheme for the jacket centers around a pale purple. The front cover features a wreath-like arrangement of polaroid photographs. The rear cover features a hand-drawn, kaleidoscopic set of abastract lines and tetures in colored pencils. The high quality sleeve features a full-color photograph of the kitchen from a Chinese takeout place.
 

Overall Extras:

8.50

The album includes a digital download. For $25.00, a deluxe package which includes a gatefold CD is offered. The full-color, heavy card stock sleeve is a nice touch. The heavy, virgin vinyl is also high quality.


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

 


Info

Label: Paradise of Bachelors
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 18.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
full-color, heavy card stock
 







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Thanks for the excellent review of Steve Gunn's 'Time Off' album. In the review you mention a deluxe edition (including a CD). Could you give some information about the EAN number. I can't find this vinyl edition, just the regular one (without the CD) and the CD. Thanks in advance! Greetings, Marjet
10.08.2014Marjet