If you guys are upset with how the album sounds, do what I did and send TMR a message!
Here's what I sent:
"Hi, I have a question... why does "Sea of Cowards" sound so awful? I excitedly bought both the CD and vinyl releases today but they both sound overly compressed and clip nearly constantly. Here's a waveform of 'Jawbreaker', taken directly from the CD: http://img189.images.../picture7os.png See all of those red areas? That's where the song clips.
I mean, it's cool that you guys constantly talk about how you record to analog tape, but why not follow that up by mixing and mastering on analog as well? The analog-mastered vinyl releases of "Elephant", "Icky Thump", and "Consolers of the Lonely" all sound fantastic and are many times better than the audio mess that "Sea of Cowards" is. "
It'll probably do nothing, but I'd think it'd be good to let them know that we don't like how they're fucking up their music by mastering it so badly.
I salute you for writing to them. They are a Sea Of Cowards if they won't give you a proper answer. I really hope this is the last time they do a huge mistake like this. Please post the answer on the forum.