Vinyl Pressing Review


The Big Other

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 11.27.2013

London's Fiction unabashedly borrows from 80s synth pop stalwarts like The Talking Heads and the airbrushed, afrobeat sensibilities of Vampire Weekend on this 11-track debut LP. The album was a combination of studio and home recordings. It was mixed by Dave Bascombe and Ashe Workman. It was mastered by Dan Smith at Final Tweek.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


The vocals are up front. The rhythms are prominent drive the action. Drum machines, synthesizers abound. The guitars are crisp and accessible. Overall, the songs are danceable without being particularly memorable. Nevertheless, this should prove a satisfying listen for any ardent fans of 80s synth pop.

Pressing Quality:


The black vinyl is heavy and durable. The glossy, black sleeve with a variation on the album's photographic cover art is high quality. The jacket is standard issue. The addition of the CD version of the album is a nice touch. No warping, weaving or other manufacturing flaws present. Good package overall.

Vinyl Noise:


Very quiet pressing throughout. Some minor between tracks, but it's hardly noticeable during the songs. No popping or skipping whatsoever.

Overall Artwork:


The cover was designed by Mark and Nick Barrett. The photography is credited to James Brown, but the images were acquired through Shutterstock and it shows. The cover has the feel of one of those mass-produced prints that hung on the walls of every doctor's office waiting room in the 1990s.

Overall Extras:


The vinyl copy of the album includes a CD version of the LP. The high quality sleeve with additional artwork and a lyric sheet is a nice touch.

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

: 3.75



Label: Moshi Moshi Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 19.99
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: No
Inner Sleeves:
glossy black paper

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