Find Me On:
I really think ‘borders on unlistenable’ is a bit strong. I’ve justed finished my first listen through and am, more than anything, relieved.
I got this record in the post this morning (avoided the leak as I wanted a high-quality, almost ceremonious first listen-through), and put off listening until about midnight, partially due to my banging headache (all the reviews talk about how abrasive CHZ is!) and partially because I really REALLY didn’t want to be disappointed. I started playing it absolutely accepting that I could very well not like it at all, but I’ve loved it.
To me, the dense production is an album trait which gives it its own character, and with a high-quality format, all the sounds are distinct from one another, which makes me look forward to dissecting all the individual nuances for many repeat listens to come. Give it a few listens, hopefully you’ll find some things you like.