You’ve heard people say it often enough, me included – but is it true ?
Well, the evidence is deeply divided.
On the one hand, both Drake and Beyonce have both released new albums in the last couple of weeks – and neither of them is unspeakably “loud”, thankfully. (They sound pretty good, by the way.)
Don’t get me wrong, they both have a handful of songs with very high levels, full of saturation, distortion and pumping as a result. But they also both have an “integrated loudness” – you can think of it as a loudness “centre of gravity” – of about -10 LUFS. And by 21st century standards, that’s positively restrained, especially in these genres.
On the other hand…
Radiohead have just released a new single, Burn The Witch, and it’s integrated loudness is right up at -7 LUFS, despite having a quiet introduction. The loudest moments get right up to -4 LUFS, which is absurd, in my opinion. You can watch the video above.
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