wow.. .. so its as bad as his other mixes!Just got this in the mail. I actually don't mind the album--typical early-2000's pop/rock with a couple of decent songs--but this disc is an utter waste of 5.1 and the SACD format. Maybe the worst-sounding Multichannel SACD in my collection. The rears (and center) do contain some interesting isolated elements, but they're so overpowered by the absolutely crushed front channels that you can barely hear them most of the time. Case in point, check out the waveform below from the first track, "Calling All Angels".
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Interestingly enough, the combined dynamic range value of all six channels in DR12. But if you look at the results for each channel, here's what you get (rounded to the nearest whole number):
The surround mix itself seems haphazard and honestly just lazy at times. For instance, in "Calling All Angels", all that's present in the rears is a random isolated synth note in the left rear and a vocal harmony over the chorus. These are kind of cool to hear on their own, but isolating them in the rears doesn't really seem to add anything to the experience. Some of the other songs have slightly more creative uses of the extra channels, but the over-compressed fronts make this disc pretty much unlistenable for me.
Going with a "3". One point for the music, one point for existing in surround, and the last point for the gold slipcover my $13 used copy came with.