Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 (2017 US)
Stunning dynamic range & depth
Wide open soundstage
Tight, hefty & punchy bass
Printed glossy paper inner sleeve with die-cut circles
From A Room: Volume 1 is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton. The album was released through Mercury Nashville.
First of a two-part album, From A Room: Volume 2 will be released later this year.After the towering success he has attained over the past couple of years, Chris Stapleton has a very high expectations to fill and it does not disappoint.
After a disappointing sound quality of the URP pressing of the US release of his debut album Traveller, the mastering engineer Peter Lyman at Infrasonic Sound has certainly picked up his game and this time he has given us a brilliant sounding recording.
Playing this record for the first time right after The Jayhawks’ Rainy Day Music 2014 QRP reissue cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, I must say I was gobsmacked at hearing how good the SQ of this new album is. To me, From A Room: Volume 1 sounded way superior to the Kevin Gray’s cut.
Dave Cobb’s production is highly polished. The overall sound is surprisingly dynamic, snappy with great sparkly energy. The soundstage is wide open and spacious. The guitars sound invigorating, the bass is tight, hefty and super punchy! Is it really this good!!? Blimey!
The pressing is flawless. It’s flat, clean and it plays with only a few very light ticks. The pressing plant this time around is unknown and certainly not URP as there is no ⓤ symbol to be seen.