Originally Posted by blaven2
.....However, the chart on that site would indicate that I am crazy as OK Computer has a much higher "score"
The FLAC download is not a small difference versus the imaging / soundstage of my OK Computer CD. It Is quite dramatic.
I am confused now. There must be more to consider then what is on that table
Well, a couple things. First, OK Computer
only received solid scores for the two vinyl versions in that database. On CD, however, it received a score of "7" on that scale. So that's only one higher than the "6" King of Limbs
received.. hardly any difference between the two in that similar context.
Plus, while I haven't heard anything off of King of Limbs
yet, I assume it's closer to In Rainbows
in overall sound or style than OK Computer
. If that is the case, then that wouldn't really surprise me that you prefer the sound of their latest.
I tend to not notice heavier compression/dynamically limiting as much when it comes to more syncopated, percussive and sparser sounding music. When you get to music with chunkier power chord guitars (harder rock) or music that is really busy with a ton going on in the mix and vocals that are competing for your attention with equally volume prominent instrumentation.. that's when things fall apart faster. OK Computer
tends to be closer to the latter than the former and therefore more prone to the deleterious effects of aggressively limited mastering.
So even if two albums share the same score on that scale, there are mitigating factors which could easily make one sound better than another. Consider the scale as a solid thumbnail sketch, not something that completely sums up the sound quality of any given release.