Andy Stott ‎– Too Many Voices

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Modern Love ‎– LOVE101
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
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Tracklist

A1 Waiting For You
A2 Butterflies
A3 New Romantic
B1 First Night
B2 Forgotten
C1 Selfish
C2 On My Mind
D1 Over
D2 Too Many Voices

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Notes

Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5060165480845
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): LOVE 101 A1 =Matt@Alchemy=
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): LOVE 101 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): LOVE 101 C1 =Matt@Alchemy=
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): LOVE 101 D1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LOVE101 Andy Stott Too Many Voices (2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Modern Love LOVE101 UK 2016 Sell This Version
LOVE101 Andy Stott Too Many Voices(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Modern Love LOVE101 Europe 2016
Love 101 Andy Stott Too Many Voices(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pin) Modern Love Love 101 UK 2016 Sell This Version
LOVE101, LOVE101CD Andy Stott Too Many Voices(CD, Album, Promo) Modern Love, Modern Love LOVE101, LOVE101CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
LOVE101 Andy Stott Too Many Voices(9xFile, WAV, Album, 24-) Modern Love LOVE101 Europe 2016

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goldencalves

goldencalves

July 19, 2017
edited 6 months ago

I was pretty disappointed once I heard the first "single" off this record, and only slightly less disappointed upon hearing the rest of it. I've been a giant Stott fan since "We Stay Together", and every release of his since "Passed Me By" I can listen to on repeat (despite my having what I would consider a "diverse" range of musical consumption, there is little that I can listen to on repeat). So needless to say I was initially let down by "Too Many Voices". The album felt too slight; most of the songs underdeveloped to my ear. I appreciated the influences utilized (early grime, late 80s/early 90s new jack swing/r&b/new quiet storm, 80s fantasy soundtracks) it didn't click for me. I must have tried listening to it 5 or 6 times. It felt very much like a record I could skip buying (my first of his to not purchase since "Passed").

A month or two after dismissing it, I burnt the lossless files to an audio CD (along with some other CDs) for listening in my car. The first hot summer night that this made it into rotation on my car's stereo, the album finally clicked with me. My stereo isnt anything fancy, but it's better than what came with my car. Some of the frequencies open up, the bass came out, the atmospheres clicked, the subtle emotions and cinematic scope of the album came through; it became my summer 2016 driving album. I feel like if it had been released and reviewed a month later than it was (end of May vs. April), it would have been much better received. In my opinion, it's his most underrated album, and has surprisingly become my favorite.

I received the physical record as a gift later in the year and it sounds even better; it's definitely an album for vinyl. The mastering is different from the FLAC copy I'd gotten familiar with; while I haven't A/B'ed it, the vinyl master sounds very bass-forward to me, with a lot of the mid-to-high range elements being clear and discernible but pushed further back in the mix. To me, it makes sense. Also, like with "Faith In Strangers", the brute, "raw" track ("Selfish" here, "Damage" on Strangers), which I find to be nearly unlistenable in their comparative abrasiveness (not an adjective I throw around lightly) on a lossless copy is more fully rendered and much more endearing on the vinyl master. Standout tracks to me are "Butterflies" (beautiful like a futurist Sade track), "New Romantic" (the banger), "Forgotten", and "Too Many Voices". The final title track has become one of my favorite, all time tracks. It has some sort of weird, timeless, nebulously nostalgic magic. The sampled vocal chorus surrounding Skidmore's vocals are like something out of Labyrinth's or Troll's soundtrack, and they get me every time I hear it.

The tracks in between these (generally) tend towards atmospheres or texture, but are still rich and evocative and I don't skip over any of them.

My single qualm is the same I have for a lot of new records, including Faith in Strangers and my repress of Passed Me By, which is quality control in the pressing. With all three, there was significant "non-fill" and surface noise. I had to return multiple copies to cobble together a passable set for each. Again, the mastering is solid, but QC at where ever these are being pressed is currently spotty, so do yourself a favor and only buy from a retailer with a liberal return policy.
BloodyCrz

BloodyCrz

May 3, 2016
any review from someone who own the record?

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maxjlewis

maxjlewis

May 1, 2016
33RPM is the default speed, since I've listened to the digital and they sound the same.

P.S Did anybody else's Side B have an extra sticker placed eskew, over the last grooves of the last track on that side? Wondering if it's a wider thing or just a rare fuck up
calebkucera

calebkucera

April 27, 2016
FYI, I don't know about the limited pink release, but the black release does not come with a download code.
marcel.schulze

marcel.schulze

April 27, 2016
Not sure about the speed. On the label its listed as 33 rpm for all sides, however, A and B do sound better in 45 rpm.