Eh, say what?
Of course it wasn’t stolen, the only possibility seems to be that it was leaked by someone who received a copy to review it… And Twisted sent those copies for promotional reasons.
I agree that mp3’s of the album floating around on the internet are inevitable, but let’s say you’re the Twisted label (or simon, or raja) and you’ve just finished the album. Because you’re almost going bankrupt, you do not spread your music for free simply because you cannot afford that. You hope that people will like the relatively LONG, good quality SAMPLES that were given out for promotional reasons, and buy the album!
Then, some fuckass releases a low-quality rip of the album, possibly giving the downloaders a wrong impression of the album. So yea this mp3 release is maybe not that spectacular (I don’t know, I haven’t heard it), but it’s not Twisted’s fault. I think there’s a big difference in a lowquality rip before the album is released and a goodquality rip after the album is released.
I’m sure that if a Shpongle fan does not like it, it’s because of this bad mp3 quality or because you have to make the tracks grow on you. And ehhh where do you see a lot of people saying they didn’t like it? You are the 3rd one I’ve seen so far. Everyone else is in love, some of them saying that this might be the best Shpongle so far.
If the mp3 release was spectacular I imagine a good portion of people would buy the real thing.
I used to think the same thing. But if it were true, Twisted would be swimming in dollars (or pounds). If compare how many Shpongle fans are out there (just because you’re not one doesn’t mean nobody is) and how hard Twisted is struggling to stay alive… It doesn’t make sense. It seems that 98% of all people download mp3s onto their iPod and enjoy them, without ever considering to buy the album.
ps. You may not like the album cause you’re stuck in the nineties, but music taste is personal. Nothing related to how ‘good’ or how ‘lousy’ music is can be expressed in facts. Yes, I think Ultimae is nice, no I don’t like Entheogenic, yes I think Shpongle has soul, etc.