Just noticed this thread and glad my own observations were accurate. Didn't really know Adele until I saw her last year performing at the grammys. I was blown away by her performance. Went out and got the vinyl (rarely buy cds anymore) cleaned it up out of the box and put it on the system. Sounded OK to start but when the first song really started to crank so did my volume and thats when I stepped back and said " this recording sucks". Was tempted to buy another just to compare but looks like that won't do the trick. Damn shame because this is a great album.