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VNYL Subscription Box Review – September 2015

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VYNL is a new, invite only, and pretty interesting subscription service for record collectors. When you are invited to sign up for this service, you fill out a pretty lengthy profile that includes not only your likes and dislikes, but also links to all of your profiles on digital audio services such as Spotify and Sound Cloud. They then ask you to choose a “#VIBE,” which is an activity that you would like them to select the music for, such as studying or pool party. They then select 3 new albums and send to you based on all these criteria. My mind was kind of blown by this concept, and I decided to give it a try!

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The Subscription Box: VNYL

The Cost: $32 per month

The Products: Three BRAND NEW records chosen by a curator specifically for you, based on your profile, other digital audio services profiles, and selected “#VIBE” for that month

Ships to: US (free), and UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, France, Canada at an additional cost

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Ace is back this month as my curator! I chose #SOULFOOD as my “#VIBE” for this month. I was just in the mood for something different. Ace writes:

“Hey Anna, What up girl!? Have some dope #soulfood records for you to enjoy this month. You got singer songwriter vocal power-house Georgia Anne Muldrow. Next have Damon Aaron and last Janelle Monae. Cheers, Ace”

(He is still so cute!)

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Kings Ballad by Georgia Anne Muldrow ($19.33 on Amazon)

Ace wasn’t kidding about this artist; she is truly gifted. Her music is well-written, and I really liked her voice! Soul music is not what I normally listen to, but I know there’s great stuff out there in every genre. This is it! I especially love the last track, “Morena Del Ray.” It’s beautiful.

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Highlands by Damon Aaron ($15.63 on Amazon)

This was my least favorite of the three records I received this month. I liked his roots vibe and his rhythms, but there was something about his voice that I just didn’t like that much. It’s a good album objectively speaking, but I think I’ll have to gift or swap this one.

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Metropolis by Janelle Monae ($16.48 on Amazon)

I always wondered what the big deal was with Janelle Monae, and now I know! She’s great! Her music is not technically soul, I don’t think – I think it’s more pop than anything. BUT, it definitely draws from roots in soul, and it’s HIGHLY inventive. I love the merging of old and new, and she makes it sound so easy.

The Verdict: I am still really digging my VNYL subscription! This month I am pretty much blown away by both the curation and the value. The value comes to around $46, which is super for the $32 cost. You don’t hear too much about soul music these days, so I was kind of expecting to receive some re-issues of old albums, but I love this introduction to the modern voices of soul.

What do you think of VYNL?

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.


  1. I’ve only been subscribed for 1 month, but I love it so far! I just wish there was an option to get 1 or 2 albums per month instead of 3 because I don’t want my collection to get to big too fast! They really do a great job though & I would highly recommended checking them out if you’re into vinyl.

    • Jess, I think they are coming out with a 1-record option pretty soon. Try emailing customer service. Good luck!

    • They came out with the one record for $18/month, and the 3 records have gone to $36/month. I’m in love with Sam.

      • LOL! Too funny, Lindsay! Sam is your curator?

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