Vinyl Pressing Review

Mammoth Life

Self Titled

Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on 10.15.2014

Mammoth Life is a four-piece pop band from San Francisco that manages to work out a sound like a 10-piece pop band... from San Francisco. Despite their rock leanings and general setup (guitars, drums, bass, keys, vocals), the band somehow manages to evoke the same kind of pop-folk vibe that you would hear on the radio today (with just a little more electric guitar).

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


The album's overall production is pretty high-quality, the majority of the album is undoubtedly radio ready. The drums have the perfect amount of punch, guitars and bass compliment the keyboard mix really well. It would have been nice to hear the reverb on the vocals turned back a bit - it sounds like lead vocalist Kix Mead is singing in a very long and empty hallway through most of the album. Still, I would call this a stylisitic choice on Mammoth Life's part and not an issue with the mix.

Pressing Quality:


Slight warping but no needle weave - a very high-quality record with standard, if colorful, packaging.

Vinyl Noise:


Some noticeable hiss at the beginning of both sides 1 and 2 with intermittent but barely audible popping throughout

Overall Artwork:


There is something very early 90s about the album cover art - the mix of distressed demin and feathers gives off a kind of folky, poppy, grungy-but-super-safe kind of vibe. When you take a look at the insert you will see a full-color design (and what could be another Mammoth Life logo) that could potentially be a draft cover design. The labels are much more subdued - white block text on black with Mammoth Life's original logo - an "M" and an "L" within a heart. None of these pieces really goes together as a package. If you would have told me I was looking at parts of 3 different releases I would have believed you.

Overall Extras:


Digital downloads, full-color insert. Not too shabby, but it's always nice when smaller labels try to surprise you a little.

Reviewed By:
Kasey Bradley

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Total Score

: 3.30



Label: Satisfying Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 15.00
Pressing Company: Pirate's Press
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: Unknown
Color: Black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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Hi I really enjoyed buying this vinyl... I have no intention on playing it as it would ruin the quality. It will sit on my shelf and gather dust whilst I get moist guarding it, this awesome vinyl will hold a special place in my heart. This will complete my nikki minaj golden vinyl collection.I would rate it 9/10 as it is second hand... It has slight fingerprint damage however I think I can live with this... Vinyl is love... vinyl is life....
11.03.2014Craig Matin