JAY-Z Reasonable Doubt (Music On Vinyl)
Long unavailable on vinyl, with original copies appearing on Amazon Marketplace attached, perhaps somewhat optimistically, to three figure price tags, Music On Vinyl have ostensibly done a good thing in bringing “Reasonable Doubt” back to the black stuff. Their reissue actually sounds impressive in places, but overall it’s a bit bright, robotic and cold – there’s not a centigrade of analogue warmth here – and rather more distorted towards the end of sides than the usual battle against the laws of physics. Even less impressively, a sudden hike in volume for final track “Can I Live II” sends the stylus of my gramophone repeatedly skipping out of the groove, and I’m certainly not playing it on the kind of old tin cans once despised by Mike Oldfield. My copy arrived with what it describes as a “limited bonus 10”” containing two additional versions of “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, certainly a bonus for any listener who feels the album to be insufficiently long or repetitive in standard form.