AOTY 2019

Green and Gray

Pile - Green and Gray
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #320 / 610
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2019 Ratings: #528
May 3, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

At 53 blurry, delirious minutes, it's a lot to take in ... But it's a strong step forward, and offers no more or less than exactly what Pile are all about.

79
Pitchfork

The seventh album from the Boston noise-rock band revels in a heightened level of studio ambition without losing its snarling ferocity.

70
AllMusic

Pile hold on to all the anxiety and fury of youth here, but present their dissonant squalls with a mature, metered patience that just adds to the slow-boiling listening experience.

65
The 405

This is a more palatable and approachable record. But what’s missing is a lot of risk, something that each Pile record has revelled in.

0xiela
NR
his vocals reminded me, at some point, of nickelback and i don't know how to feel about it
nice tracks: the soft hands of stephen miller > a labyrinth with no center > firewood
usedtobe
90
“First your heart pounds in the dark, in the morning your mouth full of dust."

Cohesive and diverse return with a strikingly well done set of tracks that ranges from sprawling to pummeling, atmospheric to sublime. A big yes to this.
JoaoSantos
69
Really wish I could've liked this a bit more but it drags and drags and drags... I love the more agressive parts of this thing but when it gets slow, I don't get anything from it. Some cool moments here and there but I feel like it lacks energy because I don't feel like most of the softest moments really hold on their own.
TheBravesDH
50
I want to like it. It has so many good elements, but the lofi aesthetic just does not work at all with this type of music to me. It is also overly draggy in places. Sloppy production remind you of any other albums this year whose title combine a color with gray? I would say Stephen Miller and Lord of Calendars were the only moments that could really rise above the album's flaws and deliver wholly enjoyable experiences.
notbuzzzila
87
FANTASTIC

Woah. Consider me blown away.

First of all, this is a lot to take in, but I'll be glad to be taking it in over the next few days or weeks. Green and Gray is much more consistently aggressive than Dripping, and it's also much more dramatic. Just take a look at the fantastic climax at the end of the seven-minute long Hiding Places, which explodes into an amalgamation of loud guitars, shouted vocals, and a sort of bittersweet mood that I can't fully explain. That's kind of the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Firewood
  2. Your Performance
  3. On a Bigger Screen
  4. Other Moons
  5. Hair
  6. A Labyrinth with No Center
  7. The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller
  8. Lord of Calendars
  9. Bruxist Grin
  10. A Bug on Its Back
  11. My Employer
  12. Hiding Places
  13. No Hands
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