I wonder if he went with the design team from the CD pressing company? I hear they often offer a package deal.
So—the implicit effects of aesthetic ambivalence and penny-pinching are achieved, but closer scrutiny reveals that it was, in fact, done this way on purpose.
As for the music? Still early days yet; I only just got it. So far, it’s no Olympia, but it is sturdy, well-built Ferry; hard to go wrong there. And it’s nice to see that Nile Rodgers’ re-ascendance is still happening. (His book was a really insightful and fascinating read, btfw.)