Vinyl Pressing Review

Adolescents


La Vendetta


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on 01.29.2015

As a lifelong punk rock fan, I was a both excited and confused when I opened a package containing an Adolescents record for review. I had assumed that they, like the majority of other west coast punk bands, had been vaporized in the Green Day / No Doubt / Offspring / Blink-182 superstorm vortex of the 90s. I was wrong. Grab your skateboards kids. West-coast punk lives. Adolescents have been toiling away in the O.C. since 1979, mutating from a Social Distortion / Agent Orange supergroup into their current incarnation and releasing 7 full-length albums, as well as a number of EPs, splits, live albums, and singles. Their newest release is just as political, just as fast, and just as loud as any of their previous output - just more mature. "La Vendetta" was even named "Best Punk Album of 2014" by OC Weekly. If you're into west-coast punk there is no doubt you will be happy with this release, but we came across some issues with our marbled blue and white copy.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

8.00

When you ignore some of the issues with this pressing (which we will get into below) the mix on this vinyl sounds fantastic. Drums pop and thump hard without taking the spotlight away from vocals or other instrumentation. Of course, this being punk and all, most of the focus is on the guitars, which probably couldn't sound better. That being said, we had some issues with the pressing quality and vinyl noise, which took away from the experience - especially during some of the quiter parts of each track.
 

Pressing Quality:

5.00

Nice print job on the fairly thick cover, The record itself looks great with blue and white marbling, but this may have come at a price. While there was only minimal warping on the cover we received, we did notice a fair amount of needle weave. It's also worth pointing out that our copy was substantially thicker on one end with a pretty jagged and rough edge.
 

Vinyl Noise:

6.00

Colored vinyl can always be a gamble when it comes to sound quality. We noticed some light popping at points throughout the record, but what was most noticeable was the fairly consistent hiss.
 

Overall Artwork:

9.00

Blue/white vinyl aside, Adolescents have been on point cover-art-wise since developing a consistent style with the cover 2011's "Fastest Kid Alive." The bright, colorful, cartoon imagery really seems to gel with the band's sound, and reminds me of some of the more creative punk covers of years past. It's a shame they couldn't adapt some of this for the insert.
 

Overall Extras:

7.00

The blue/white edition came with mp3 downloads, a liner notes insert (that could double as a poster if you're just into logos), and a Frontier Records sticker.


Reviewed By:
Kasey Bradley

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Total Score

: 3.50

 


Info

Label: Frontier Records
Release Year: 2015
Purchase Price: 15.00
Pressing Company: N/A
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: Mabled blue and white
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
White paper
 







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