Well, if it’s on a Sony label I won’t buy it new, I’ll wait for it used - if it turns out to have more than 1 or 2 good songs. Rock n Roll Train doesn’t sound badly compressed on the radio, so there’s a chance it was mixed/mastered well. I also don’t like the idea of available only at Wal Mart or Sam’s Club (or their site). Another reason to wait for it used, though last I checked, Amazon was listing it for pre-order. I’m assuming it won’t (doesn’t) contain any “explicit lyrics”?
If it’s political garbage I won’t buy it either. So far, AC/DC hasn’t pulled that crap. I hope this one doesn’t change that.
As far as buying individual tracks, AC/DC used relase their hit singles for separate purchase didn’t they? So just do that. Release the singles, but not all tracks for online purchase, or maybe allow purchase of the singles, or the whole album, but not the non-single individual tracks. And if you want to set a good new trend, release them in .wav or .flac! Then the only thing to go by the wayside is the inefficient physical distribution method.
As far as Metallica, Lars gave fans the middle finger when he had a hissy fit about Napster. That resulted in me selling all of my Metallica CDs to a used CD place. (There were already 5 or 6 used copies of each in inventory as it was). After all, they used to talk about how they’d sit around and make copies of all their favorite bands’ albums to share with each other. These bands out to sue Metallica for infringement.
As far as the dynamic range compression and bass boosting, this is done to make it sound better on cheap stereos, and does work to a point. It just makes it sound like crap on a good system. Typical of the industry, pander to the lowest common denominator.