I agree -- the CD seems compressed to me. A friend has the vinyl version which sounds a lot better to us both.
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I have both of their albums on CD and the compression is terrible. Probably done when mastering ... it seems to be popular to compress the hell out of albums when mastering CDs.
I was somewhat underwhelmed with the music also. If that's the best the UK can produce these days then these are lean times for UK music.
They don't hold a candle to the Radiohead's early albums "The Bends" and "OK Computer" IMHO.