Originally Posted by MorbidToaster
Hey man it's no BWP but I still loved it. Speaking of which...the Heritage vinyl is still readily available.
What exactly is it that makes Blackwater Park such a good album?
It is in fact the only Opeth album I own, and hardly having heard Opeth at all before getting it my initial impression was: meh. I listened through it a few times before forgetting about it, because it didn't intreague me in any way. Clearly I need to give this album another listen and see what all the fuss is about
What made Opeth catch my attention in the first place was The Lotus Eater. I was doing something else and had internet radio playing from my PC in the background. The station was automated, and had a somewhat limited reportouare. It would collect votes from listeners, and play the most requested songs. I never really took notice to the Lotus Eater whenever it came up, until a particular 40 second bit (starting at 05:40) caught my eye (or ear, as it were). The rest of the song left the same initial impression as BWP; meh.
Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
Yes, there may be one. I have the remaster on Mp3 that I listen to. It's ok for me.
Mp3, huh? I generally don't like lossy and rip all my CDs in .wav, but I've recently taken a huge liking to WiMP.
If you are unfamiliar with it, it's a service similar to Spotify. The difference is that there is no free option (but obviously no commercials), the songs have a generally higher bit rate (they're actually working on upgrading their entire library to CD quality or better, available at a slightly increased fee), they normalize the volume of all songs to battle loudness (Spotify has the same option, but in WiMP it can't be turned off) and most importantly WiMP doesn't have the radio-esque bloated bass boost EQ Spotify uses. I find this particularly prominent (and annoying) during parts with vocal only, and especially regular speech.
I do think my ripped CDs provide better sound quality, but WiMP SQ is a lot better than I would have guessed. This may of course be partly because I became a bit of a bit rate-snobb after I got my (now retired) Denon AH-D2000s and the Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi portable .wav and FLAC player. Everything had to be lossless, partly because it's better and mostly because I could
Edited by Pritolus - 3/24/13 at 5:41am