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. For the latest in the series, we’re taking a look at the new LP from singer-songwriter Jono McCleery, ‘Seeds Of A Dandelion’.
Having released his debut long player back in 2008, UK singer-songwriter Jono McCleery has been recording for a decade now. ‘Seeds Of A Dandelion’ marks his fourth album over that period of time and his first to exclusively focus on covers of other artist’s work. It’s McCleery’s voice which proves to be his greatest asset on this collection but the nimble arrangements show that he’s unafraid of transitioning sometimes well known songs into pieces which are unmistakably his own work.
This is a very good quality pressing from Ninja Tune’s Counter Records Imprint. A hype sticker on the shrinkwrap proudly proclaims the vinyl to be cut at 180g and, accordingly, it feels weighty and sturdy when handled. Our copy sits flat and steady on the platter during playback and remarkably clean, being completely free of defects such as pops or clicks and likewise not showing any signs of surface noise – even the noise floor is low. It’s a product with impressively clean playback and one which certainly sits at the higher end of normally priced, non-deluxe pressings that we’ve featured on Vinyl Corner in terms of sound quality. Unsurprisingly, given the playback quality, the record is also visually very clean from new and we couldn’t see any marks or signs of careless handling from manufacturing at the pressing plant.
Presentation is slick here and packaging quality is much as you would expect from a release priced so reasonably (RRP seems to be around £14). The sleeve is a non-gatefold one but print quality is great throughout, the album’s striking painted cover art reproduced with strong definition. The back cover is a little on the plain side but it certainly conveys all needed information and all in all it’s a well-presented sleeve. Card used throughout is decent stock – it’s not unusually heavy but nor does it feel especially thin and the package still feels sturdy enough, especially if handled with reasonable care. The record comes housed in a printed card inner sleeve adorned with songwriting credits for the album. Like the back cover, the inner could have done with a little more going on in visual terms (lyrics would have been a welcome inclusion) but, again, the stock of card used is fine quality and although we would always suggest housing the record in a polylined inner sleeve in such cases, it should do a reasonable job of protecting the record for those without any other inner sleeves to hand.
There’s really nothing to fault with this release – it’s a very well pressed record with good quality control and a clean soundscape upon playback. Packaging and presentation is solid and entirely up to expectations given the fairly low price point on this release and, all in all, this pressing marks a great way to hear the album.