Vinyl Corner : Andy White ‘The Guilty & The Innocent’

Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect – as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself. This time we’re taking a look at the ‘The Guilty And The Innocent’, the latest LP from long-serving troubadour Andy White released via ALT Recordings

The Music:

An album of unabashedly political protest songs, ‘The Guilty And The Innocent’ is an album that harkens back to a time in music where politics and pop were far more commonly interlinked than they are today. Musically, too, the album has more than a touch of the old-school about it. Although the sonics are pretty fresh, the instrumentation makes strong nods towards early indie and the more affable end of early ’80s post-punk. It’s a compelling combination and it sees White in solid form.

The Pressing:

This is a really well pressed release which boasts both a clean, bright sonic slate and quiet, rock solid playback. From new, our copy does have a few light marks from factory handling; however these are non-sounding and far more importantly, sound is excellent with a very low noise floor almost totally inaudible on playback which, on our copy, is free of any defects. Indeed, this is actually one of the best pressed non-audiophile/deluxe new releases we’ve heard in quite a while. Sonically the album likewise impresses with a well-engineered soundscape which lends the instrumental parts an immediacy and clarity, the mix giving the sound a balanced presentation which sounds great on wax. All in all, a really nice pressing.

The Packaging:

Packaging and presentation is slick but subtle on this release. The album comes housed in a standard-sized non-gatefold sleeve with a typical sized spine that’s colourful enough to not be difficult to locate on the shelf. The sleeve itself is standard quality – it’s printed on mid-weight card and feels solid enough – and the print quality is really solid with the album’s quirky art being presented in vibrant, colourful fashion. The inner sleeve is particularly nice; it’s a glossy card affair with lyrics to the whole album on one side and a photo of White on the other. It feels well made, with the card being decently thick for an inner sleeve and the gloss finish feeling good when handled. Although for optimal safety it’s not a bad idea to house the record in a polylined inner sleeve, the card inner should keep the record in reasonably good shape if carefully handled. Overall, a nicely presented release.

Final Thoughts:

A good release throughout, ‘The Guilty And The Innocent’ is a sonically punchy album that’s been given a good quality vinyl pressing with quiet, smooth playback and an attractive, slick presentation.