What’s happening ?
In the last couple of weeks we’ve had new releases by Drake, Beyonce, James Blake and Radiohead – and the overall (integrated) loudness of all of them is lower than I’d normally expect. Here are the numbers:
Radiohead -9.9 LUFS
Drake -10.2 LUFS
Beyonce -10.5 LUFS
James Blake -14 LUFS (!)
Wait, what ?
If you’re paying attention, you’ll have noticed that the number for the Radiohead album is barely different from Beyonce or Drake’s – and in a recent post I said that those numbers were “positively restrained, especially in these genres”. But in the same post, I criticised the new Radiohead single for being unnecessarily loud ! How can both statements be true ? Do I need to eat my words ?
Sadly, no. And this post will show you what I mean. [Read more…]