Green and Gray

Pile - Green and Gray
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 52 ratings
2019 Ratings: #200
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.
EdFruscley
80
With a stunning sound, a remembrance of Kyuss and Alice in chains. Pile made a work solid but a little bit repetitive, I hope don't get tired of Pile, and I hope that they make more experimental rock in future.
Corey_Larkin
68
Pile's brand of jagged noise rock is still immensely enjoyable, however on Green and Gray, the band makes the decision to bring the album to a simmer for most of the run time. The explosions of sound and anger are cathartic, but the time in between them slogs to a crawl.
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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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