Purple
Baroness - Purple
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Rank: #69 / 741
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
December 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Abraxan Hymns / Label
Dave Fridmann / Producer
Stoner Metal / Genres
yourbaroness.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
If you've loved Baroness's previous work and were holding your breath for this one, or if you are new to the group but love psych metal or more accessible heavy bands like Saviours and Mastodon, this is a must-hear. Baroness are back, and they sound as good as ever.
85
Pitchfork
These are some of the biggest, strongest songs the Baroness have written; it's rock music that folds in their more metal leanings, along with something more delicate and spare.
83
Consequence of Sound

Purple is their triumphant comeback, encapsulating the grief, recovery, and revitalization of Baroness.

80
The Guardian

Purple is a far more focused and fiery beast; both a return to the stormy riffing and skewed melodies of old and a subtle but unmistakable lunge for mainstream glory.

80
Spin
Crossover moves are too often dismissed as cheap and lazy. These are brave, artfully considered.
80
AllMusic

Though not as "experimental" as their previous couple of records, as a whole Purple is far more focused, and it's certainly more euphoric.

80
Drowned in Sound

It mightn’t possess the brute strength of those Relapse releases, Red and Blue, but there’s a greater balance between aggression and introspection to these songs.

80
Clash
Every Baroness album before this has featured huge shifts in style, this being the one where they take the best of each to create a propulsive, thrilling whole.
80
PopMatters

The band unapologetically attempt to reach beyond the limits of their primary genre’s audience and welcome in anyone who appreciates a good song. And there are many very good songs among Purple’s ten cuts.

75
A.V. Club

What defines Purple ... and allows it to transcend a mostly hokey, overwrought sound is the technicality and experimentation with which Baroness attacks melody, mostly via the busy drumming of Sebastian Thomson (also of Trans Am) and expert guitar work by Baizley and Peter Adams.

55
Under The Radar

To be fair, Purple is an enjoyable ride that's unlikely to disappoint avowed fans of the band. But playing it safe and not advancing their thesis substantially invites comparisons to earlier artifacts of their sonic template, artifacts that shine brighter than the present one.

Dec 20, 2015
SiberianBreaks
83
Baroness take the best elements of their last effort and arrange them all into an album that feels a lot more focused and tightly arranged. They're still relying on hooks quite a bit here and they've never sounded this powerful and anthemic. I really wish the recording sounded more organic. The drumming and guitar work sounded a bit too compressed on here, but I can't really say it brings this whole thing down for me. What matters is the actual music and it is oh-so satisfying.

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Jan 16, 2016
64
Determined to survive after the bus accident and with a new line-up, they choose purple to colour their strong and more focused, metal assignment.
Dec 24, 2015
70
Original review: http://tuk20.com/2015/12/24/album-review-baroness-purple/

Here are my thoughts on the new Baroness album, “Purple”:

I don’t review the metal genre very often, but when I do it’s usually something I really enjoy. “Purple” is no exception. The album opens with some lovely, electric guitars and drums which then quickly transitions into some fast paced, awesome sludge metal. The two opening tracks are amazing. So amazing in fact, it’s ... read more
Dec 21, 2015
EMR
78
Three years after the release of the highly conceptual, ambitious double-disc Yellow & Green, american sludge-metallers Baroness are back with one of their shortest and most accessible albums yet. The songs on Purple are pretty short for the most part, and feel really simple in comparison with some of their early works. Even so, the band shows that their artistic sensibility is still on point while they blend heavy guitar riffs with melodic hooks and choruses, finally achieving a balance ... read more
Dec 20, 2015
Obese_Beast
65
This album definitely started out strong and has a lot of redeeming factors to it, but where it falls short for me is the repetitive nature of the tracks. It seemed like nearly ever track was just a couple of synthetic guitars to a really melodic hook, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just not what I wanted to hear for an entire project from baroness. I can respect thought that they've taken the sound off of their past albums, and basically improved upon that sound. As individual singles ... read more
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Track List
  1. Morningstar
  2. Shock Me
  3. Try to Disappear
  4. Kerosene
  5. Fugue
  6. Chlorine & Wine
  7. The Iron Bell
  8. Desperation Burns
  9. If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)
  10. Crossroads of Infinity
Contributions By
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Added on: August 28, 2015