I recommended Sleigh Bells’s new album last week. I absolutely love it. But some folks hated it. And I count among that number not only commenters on this blog, but also my friend Tom Lee. He reports, however, that his view changed when he switches his listening medium:
It was physically unpleasant. I mean, not painful, exactly. That would be going too far. But my old man ears really, really recoiled from it.
But that was all on headphones (sealed-back headphones at that). Today I’m giving the album a chance over speakers, and I have no complaints. I actually like it!
I don’t detect such a strong difference as Tom does, but I agree that this sounds a lot better on speakers or on my open-backed headphones than on my earbuds.