Disclaimer in advance: It's already so hard to make the slightest criticism about anything from Kurt and now we also have J. Farber and G. Calbi on the list. So, please don't be harsh on me, the only foundation of these words is the cheesy marketing words of Apple.
I purchased the album online from Wommusic, in Apple lossless format and since the first second (well, actually since the first second that the band joins the mix, after the intro in Gamma Band) it sounded slightly loud for my ears. I am not talking about a "loudness wars" kind-of compression/loudness, instrument seperation and everything is great and the dynamic is there. It's just loud, even causing distortion from time to time.
Although the album gain analysis reported that the whole album was ~8dB louder than normal (normal: ~89-90dB), with respect to the legendary names above, I thought that this was only a choice until I saw the "Mastered for iTunes" thing. Now, I wonder, is what I got (Apple Lossless) the exact rip of the CD or is it a specially mixed/mastered version of the album?
By the way, do I need to say that it is a great album? :) Thank you so much, Kurt.
All the best