I still can't wrap my head around Trent Reznor working for Di$ney. I'm sure plenty of fans would call this a sell-out move, but I do think it's a genuinely great piece of music that Reznor and Ross have worked together. It does at times have a very cartoony, upbeat feel to it, but the quality of the production and composing keep it grounded. I haven't seen the film (the curmudgeon in me assumes it's another cookie cutter family friendly piece of trite) but I'm glad I grabbed this on a whim.
Didn't ask for the US press but this is what I've got from an UK seller... Anyway:
- The record came with a few light scratches right off the sleeve... - ... thankfully, they don't seem to produce pops & clicks, - Flat & centered, - It's not totally noise-free though. But, with what we're used to these days, it's still very enjoyable, even for an 'ambient' record. - The artwork is a bummer though. The original art for the 'full' OST is obviously better. On top of that, the gatefold is pretty useless since the art is also totally bland there, with no informations (everything is on the stupid carboard inner).
All in all, a pretty basic release that does the job but considering the artists' status + the Oscar they got for it, Disney could have worked much more on this thing.
Addendum: got a chance to try an EU press.: it's pristine, heavier & almost noise-free but... there's a small warp on the outside of the record.
Unfortunately I can't back nicothomas94 resumé. The B side of my copy had an unbelievably bad level of surface noise. The disk sounded like a 1950's 7" that someone had sandpapered for good measure, though there weren't any surface marks at all. Returned it right away.
All I can say is WOW. Excellent, relaxing score. Mastering is great, vinyl is extremely quiet with no surface noise. Artwork is also printed beautifully. If you like scores or ambient type music in general its well worth it. Would reccomend.