Let's discuss albums that are thoroughly fucking ruined, sonically.
I tried to like LoG's Resolution album, but my main handicap was not being able to listen to more than 2 songs at volumes over 90 fucking dB because the mix is so squished it hurts my ears. The high hat alone is so harmonically hot it drills into my right ear. It actually hurts. The last album that was this bad to me was Disturbed's self-titled, though I can usually make it through that one. And of course there's DM.
What the fuck?
Follow-up, I do wonder if the CD version would somehow be more open than the 256kbps Amazon MP3 that I downloaded. I'm aware of the usual differences, but I wonder if a horrible encoding process could be to blame for the mix sounding so freakin' hot.