Audiophiles have been complaining about the loss of dynamic range in modern audio recordings. I wonder if that is also the reason why the Sugababes' single "Red Dress" sounds so bad. I mean, it sounds OK if you hear it in the video on TV, on the radio, or in the shopping mall, but if you play it on a good stereo, it sounds like crap.
And I'm not talking about the interlude on the distorted bass, which "obviously" was intended to sound that way. No, I'm talking about the whole sound spectrum, in particular the highs, which is lacking. It sounds as if you're playing the song on poor equipment, like a portable radio, or even a guitar amp.
People from the record industry, get a clue. If music on a CD sounds as if it was played on a small radio, then you're taking away every incentive for them to buy a CD. It's just no fun playing it on good equipment. I know, it can be very addictive, but lay off the fat and salt.