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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015

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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Package

Vinyl Me, Please is a subscription service that’s a modern take on the old “Record of the Month” clubs. As a long-time audiophile and vinyl collector, I had to sign up as soon as I heard about it!

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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Inside

The Subscription: Vinyl Me, Please

The Cost: US – $27 per month / $75 per 3 months / $284 per year

The Cost: US – $27 per month / $75 per 3 months / $284 per year

International – $44 per month / $120 per 3 months / $450 per year

The Products: A specially selected limited edition vinyl LP, a cocktail recipe to be paired with the music, an original piece of art, access to “The Standard” (VMP’s online magazine), access to forums, special deals on other albums

Ships to: everywhere, cost included in membership

Ships via: USPS

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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Album Cover

This month’s album is “Sprinter” by Torres! I have kind of mixed feelings about this album. On the one hand, I am so happy to finally have a female artist represented in a VMP curation! On the other hand, her music just isn’t for me. She has lots of interesting things going on, basically a rock framework with tons of layers and almost a folk-ish underpinning, but there’s something a little emo about it. It actually reminds me a lot of Evanescence, so if you are a fan of Evanescence, then you would really enjoy this album, I think.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Album Cover Revers

The album cover is okay. It’s a little subdued for my tastes. One thing I appreciate, though, is that she is one of the few rockers who is willing to be photographed in an artful way instead of only while looking her best. I like that she’s not all dolled up and over revealing like so many young women in music today. Now I sound like my grandmother!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Sleeve

This is the record sleeve. Space prints are always good with me!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Sleeve Reverse

The back of the record sleeve has the album credits.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Record

This is the actual record. I’m trying to be okay with regular black records, but it’s not easy for me! I am excited that this is what’s known as 180g vinyl, which is heavier, sturdier, and less likely to warp than standard records.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Booklet

This booklet was also included inside the album packaging, and it’s an exclusive for VMP subscribers! It’s filled with journals, poetry and prose by Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. Torres). This would be hugely exciting for anyone who is a fan!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Booklet Inside

This is a peek inside the booklet. Although I’m not a huge fan of her music, as a musician I find this glimpse into her creative process to be wildly interesting! I’m so glad to have seen this!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Note Card

Also included in the album packaging is an mp3 download card (right), and a note from Torres herself (exclusive to MVP subscribers)! I think the note is very classy and nicely worded.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Art

Whoa! I can hardly believe it! This is two months in a row that I’ve really liked the art print included by VMP! This one reminds me of the work of Escher. The artist is Aaron Martin.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Poem

Every month, inside the packaging is a poem or some prose by VMP’s co-founder Tyler Barstow. I can usually take it or leave it. This is one of his better pieces, in my opinion.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Cocktail

This month’s cocktail is the Blackberry Sage Smash, and it says it’s a favorite of Torres’. It looks absolutely delicious and perfect for the summer! I can’t wait to try it!

Verdict: This month was a bit of a mixed bag for me. If I had really liked the music itself, it would have been a slam dunk! I am so happy that VMP is starting to include some good artwork! I also really appreciate the booklet and the note from the recording artist. I’m really ready for an album from VMP that is a little less indie and a little more rock. Here’s hoping!

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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