So, I have a moderately long morning commute and spend a lot of time listening to music in my car. Recently, I have gone back to some of my favorite records from the late 90s and early 2000s and noticed something that the production value was significantly better back then. The 2 that really made me take notice were both Deftones records (White Pony, and the Self Titled). You can literally hear every little nuance and production trick they used on those records. Then I started listening to more stuff from that era and it was similar in quality. Conversely, bands seem to gravitate to a much more stripped down approach to recording these days. For example, I am a huge fan of The Arcade Fire, but their most recent release sounds noisy and sorta sloppily recorded to me and it kills what are otherwise great songs. I have been out of the studio and out of recording for several years, just curious if anyone had any opinions on this.