I've been reading a lot about the "loudness war" (there are many active threads around here) and have noticed that a lot of my music is gained very highly and sounds very loud, which I imagine means that they have been dynamically compressed. I try to pay attention to see if I can gauge the amount of compression.
But for songs that start very quietly (i.e. I have to turn the volume up to normalize with other tracks) does this imply that it has not been dynamically compressed? Logically it seems so. Do quiet tracks have a broader dynamic range, or at least, have they been dynamically compressed less?