VNYL Subscription Box Review – April 2017
VNYL is a monthly subscription for discovery and curation of your vinyl record collection. When you sign up for this service, you’ll fill out a lengthy profile that includes your likes and dislikes. From there, you can also link your profiles on digital audio services like Spotify and Sound Cloud – this will help with curating your record selection each month.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: VNYL
The Cost: $39 a month
The Products: Three BRAND NEW records chosen by a curator specifically for you, based on your profile, other digital audio service profiles, and selected vibe for that month
Ships to: U.S. (free), and UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, France, Canada at an additional cost
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Each month, you’ll have to select a vibe. There are two types of vibes, curated vibes and non-curated vibes. With a non-curated vibe, you’ll see the 3 records you’ll receive in your shipment, with the curated vibe, it’s a total mystery – the VNYL crew will choose the 3 records based on the vibe in conjunction with your musical taste.
There are Spotify playlists attached to each vibe – so you can get a good idea of what bands a specific hashtag might correlate to – I love this aspect of it!
The other thing to mention about vinyl albums these days – you typically get a digital download card with each album – so you’re getting the best of both worlds, and I love that about modern vinyl.
This month, I’ve gone with the curated vibe – #aprilshowers!
You’ll get a handwritten note from the curator. They’ll dive into the three albums they’ve chosen with a brief synopsis of the band.
You’ll also get a sticker with your hashtag.
The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville – Value $22.50 on Amazon
The first record is the 2014 release from The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville.
I was loving the design of this LP from the get go.
it’s got a gatefold with the lyrics on the inside.
I was in when I heard Matt Sharp. I haven’t followed any of his work post-Weezer, which made this one even more intriguing.
It’s got that nice poppy, fuzzy, 90’s feeling to each song – if you’re into that, this one is definitely worth your time. This started my month on a very high note!
Apollo Up! – Chariots of Fire – Value $12
My second album is from the Nashville band Apollo Up! This is a remaster of their 2006 album Chariots of Fire.
This is a limited edition pressing of the album. It features a beautiful translucent brown vinyl!
This album is a bit of a pop/punk mix with a couple breakdowns into something a bit heavier – and the singer has an Elvis Costello voice style – I’m really digging it. We’re 2 for 2 this month!
Mumford & Sons – Johannesburg EP – Value $10 on Amazon
My third and final album is an EP featuring Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal – it’s the 2016 release Johannesburg.
I know who Mumford and Sons are, but had no idea who Baaba Maal was – so I had half of the equation figured out. Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist – so try to imagine a world music sound mixed with that folksy Mumford sound. It sounds weird, right? It’s actually really good! If you’re a fan of either genre – it’s worth giving this genre-bending album a listen!
Verdict: It’s a hat trick for VNYL this month – a 3 for 3 major win! This is only my second delivery from them, but I haven’t been disappointed yet – and this month improves on the last month’s selections. If you’re looking to build out your vinyl collection, discover some new music curated for you, or do a bit of both – this is a fun subscription to try out.
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