Congrats to the BU Dear Abbeys on such positive scores and feedback in the recently-posted review of their new album, "Abbeys Road"!! Granted, I've only heard the "Renegade" recording (which was on BOCA 2006), but after following the group closely during its 2004-2005 year, cultimating in their ICCA win, I can appreciate the power of their live performances and look forward to buying the album.
I found it interesting that the reviewers seemed to have such different responses to the overall sound of the album in the tone of their reviews: Rebecca Christie lauding the album for its natural sound despite some engineering, while Elie Landau panned the album for the very same engineering. (Jevan Soo's review seemed, to me, a little more even-handed, though generally positive.)
I'm not surprised, and regular readers of this forum will doubtlessly recall numerous instances of such differing critical responses. I guess it just seemed particularly stark to me, in this case, because of the effusive tone of Christie's versus the highly critical tone of Landau's (who seemed, to me, to be making as much of a philosophical argument as an album review--though that has always been a critic's prerogative!).
Joshua S. Duchan, Ph.D.
Department of Music, Wayne State University
Univ. of Michigan Amazin' Blue, 2001-2007
Univ. of Pennsylvania Counterparts, 1999-2001