Music engineers are starting a campaign against peak limiting, the practice where music is mastered so that the quiet bits are effectively pumped out, resulting in tracks sounding either "punchy" or "flat, loud, distorted and rubbish", depending on your point of view.
I say "launching a campaign", it seems to be more grumbling about it to The Times, but every campaign starts somewhere.
“The brain is not geared to accept buzzing. The CDs induce a sense of fatigue in the listeners. It becomes psychologically tiring and almost impossible to listen to. This could be the reason why CD sales are in a slump.”
The record companies? Surprisingly, they don't see a problem, some cheerfully admitting they release records with sound mangled so that it that it can be heard above background chatter in pubs or above car engines:
Because Alex's word play and the band's skills as musicians, presumably, fall short?
Bob Dylan has also said something about this - or "joined the campaign", apparently:
Although with the way his voice sounds these days, you'd think he'd welcome this development.