While most of my reviews will consist of older albums, I will also be reviewing some newer material, such as Daft Punk, Minus the Bear, and many more. But for today’s vinyl review, I will be reviewing The Fall of Troy’s second album, “Doppelganger.”
This is the second repressing of the album by a company called Enjoy the Ride. Coming in a weird, paper album cover, both the record sleeve and cover are taken from the other art work that’s featured to the public (red, black, and two siamese twins together). The first pressing had the “original” artwork (two brothers; one evil, the other scared) and had two different colored vinyl options: black with white splatter/marbled and a clear vinyl. This first pressing alone is roughly around the hundred dollar range, and apparently doesn’t have the greatest audio quality.
This cover also garnishes either the red and black split vinyl, or the red and black split vinyl with bone splatter (white) coloring. With quality of the materials (album sleeve, record sleeve, and actual vinyl), I would have to give this album a B- at the most. When I opened the sealed record carefully, both edges of the record sleeve were ripped, barely hanging on the paper it came in. Then the actual LP was very tight to get out of the record sleeve, providing the first scratches to the record. Enjoy the Ride Records should’ve taken better precautions to these records, but what can you do with something like that?
Moving onto the actual record itself; this repressing is superior. Everything that the band does is heard clearly and distinctively. From some reviews I’ve read on a number of websites, the bass is really prevalent in the record. Boy, they weren’t wrong either! Along with the tightly-knit progression, the bass complements all of the other elements very well, and becomes a driving force of the whole album. Also, the bass drums are a pleasant surprise to hear, since they have that “satisfying” tone to them. Besides the bass being a star of the album and a nice cameo by the bass drum, some songs sound differently on their CD/digital counterparts; “We Better Learn to Hotwire a Uterus” doesn’t open up so loudly for one, which is nice. The opening of “Tom Waits” doesn’t lay the guitar effects thick, which is another nice addition to the vinyl version. All of the other tracks are the same way too; everything isn’t muddied up from the digital counterparts, and it’s a blast to listen to!
To back up the last statement, Thomas Erak is the lead singer/guitarist of the band. With the digital and CD versions of Doppelganger, you would have to pull up the lyrics in order to understand what the hell Erak is saying, and that’s even focusing on the music itself! On the vinyl version, however, Erak sounds his best, as listeners and fans can appreciate hearing the lyrics to each song. Again, another reason why vinyl is superior to the CD/digital counterparts.
With unusual song progression and cool buildups, Doppelganger is a nice alternative to listening to older stuff, as well as taking a break from iTunes and iPods. With the first pressing very scarce to find, the repressing isn’t difficult to find (1500 pressings- 1,000 R&B; 500 R&B with bone splatter [white]). Finding this album is easy on Ebay, as well as a few copies on discogs.com provide the fan/collector/listener with easy access. However, it depends on what you’re looking for in the second repressing, whether it’s the regular red and black split, or the red and black split with bone splatter. Since the album is starting to gain attention by collectors, the listener shouldn’t pay over 50 dollars for the red and black split version, and the bone splatter is out of the question in my opinion. But if you really want the bone splatter vinyl, expect to pay a little over 100 bucks for this “gem”. I got mine off of Ebay for 35 bucks, and that includes shipping.
Even if you decide to break open the shrink wrap and fire this record up, be surprised and amused by what you hear- you’ll be glad that you opened the record! Until the next vinyl review…don’t go digital, go analog!!!