Abysmal pressing. Whoever was in charge of quality control didn’t even listen to a test pressing because they would have noticed the audible gaps between the seamless songs. An insult to band and amazing album, this version should be recalled by the label. Surface noise is present as well. This was part of the great vinyl rush of 2020 where labels tried to put out as much stuff as fast as possible to make a buck and it shows. Just, unreal that this made it to the shelves.
I received my copy yesterday and listened last night. It was clean, and it definitely revealed depth I haven't heard before (listening to mp3s) but it didn't sound as crisp as I've come to expect from vinyl. It was almost as if it was mastered off of a CD rather than actual source. I know that's not what actually happened, but I'm a bit disappointed in the sound quality.
What is the point of this 'reimagined' artwork? It looks like the original was put through a colour photocopier and messed around with. I know this is a common factor with reissues, but this one is a particularly grim example of 'sod it, no-one will care/notice'. Well guess what? It's obvious. No attempt to match the nice textured cover of old, the definition is fuzzy, and the colours are completely off. Just get the original and don't waste your time with these tossed off reissues.
I had to crack this one open and compare it to the UK release. Once again, the original blows away the re-release. Better sound stage and detail overall. However, the 2020 is really good. You won't be disappointed with it IMO. Haven't listened to Isolation, so I can't comment on it yet.