AOTY 2019

Gold & Grey

Baroness - Gold & Grey
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #25 / 610
User Score
Based on 249 ratings
2019 Ratings: #916
June 14, 2019 / Release Date
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Abraxan Hymns / Label
Stoner Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

To say this album is epic would be an understatement; it’s a work of art in the truest sense.

100
Consequence of Sound

Baroness currently find themselves in a place of great maturity, exhibiting superb musicianship ... The array of instrumentation and emotion throughout not only make Gold & Grey a joy to listen to, but also an achievement of which Baroness can truly be proud.

95
The Line of Best Fit

This is the sound of a world-class artist, with his world-class band, at once unifying and annihilating his own history, putting a concept on a fire and letting us hear it burn.

90
PopMatters

Together, their faultless unified elegance harvests cherished templates and innovative techniques in equal measure. As a result, just about every listener—no matter their history or prior opinions—will deem Gold & Grey Baroness' masterpiece.

90
Metal Injection

Among the rich palette of colors and sounds Baroness has crafted, Gold & Grey is the brightest and most striking of them all.

90
Exclaim!

Baroness have outdone themselves with Gold & Grey. Armed with a fresh sound and well-honed talent, they are finally ready to be recognized as one of the most important bands in modern rock music.

90
The 405

With Gold & Grey, Baizley and his cohorts have produced a monumental work of art that’s as dark and forbidding as it is bright and triumphant.

80
Metal Sucks

Spontaneously melancholy and invigorating, Gold & Grey (the title and the album) perfectly encapsulates how Baroness excel at reaching shining peaks and descending into gloomy valleys.

80
The Guardian

Their travails have produced an epic, ambitious collection that is beautifully beatific, purifying and uplifting.

80
AllMusic

Thanks to maturity, Fridmann's mix, and uncanny sequencing, every song fits seamlessly inside each proceeding one, delivering a mercurial yet satisfying whole that makes Gold & Grey the band's finest outing to date, if not their masterpiece.

80
Pitchfork
Post-rock, space rock, prog rock, psychedelic rock, grungy Alice in Chains-eyeing hard rock—it’s all here, and since it’s Baroness, it works.
80
Spectrum Culture

An album of sadness, pain and residual wrath but, above all, acceptance and beauty.

70
No Ripcord

Gold & Grey is an expansive work that is one part chamber pop and two parts Viking blitzkrieg.

50
The Needle Drop

Gold & Grey's awful prdouction overshadows its handful of songwriting peaks.

JustSomeGuy
48
Biggest disappointment of the year. How did Baroness fuck up so badly?

I tried listening to the NPR version yesterday. I got five songs in before thinking to myself that it was probably the wrong version, there's no way that this was the version Baroness put out, right? I then waited until last night until it released on Spotify. Again, I got five tracks in before excusing myself from it. 'Maybe I am just tired', I thought to myself, 'there is no way it is this bad.' And here I am now.

There ... read more
WhatTheFunk
53
"Gold & Gray" follows the successful "Purple" (2015). An album that was a metal rebirth after the painful experience of the crash of their bus during a tour. The Baroness of Savannah has also lost Pete Adams, their creative guitarist who has been replaced by the talented Gina Gleason. Leader John Dyer Baizley claims to have created Baroness' best album to date, the deepest, most adventurous and most successful. Not sure I agree after listening to it... Adventurous? Yes, ... read more
Tielur
44
The obvious: poor mixing

The kinda obvious: a tad bit boring

The not so obvious: if this is the version critics got and if they're tone deaf

Listen, I like Baroness, they're a fine ass band who bring a lot of ideas to the table. Those ideas are here but they're underdeveloped. Not all the songs are bad at all, actually some are quite enjoyable and heavy. Though those heavy songs are poorly mixed and the drums (especially the hi-hat and crashes) are fucking EAR PIERCING. The whole project is ... read more
thomasny18
40
Edit: I listened to this album again to hear if they might've fixed some of the mixing problems and I think they might have. It's still really really difficult to tell because while before it felt consistently awful, now a good proportion sounds alright, just there are clear moments here that are mixed like garbage. Especially on the end of Seasons and Throw Me An Anchor. Now do I then increase the score because in some way my listening experience has improved? I'm keeping it the same and it's ... read more
ElectricMess
58
I don't know if I can recall another album where the mixing almost completely ruined a good project, but here we are with Gold & Grey. The songs at the heart of this record are about as good as Baroness have ever sounded, and while that shines through, it's always in spite of their production rather than because of it. Sometimes the guitars are so loud that they obscure the potentially powerful vocals, and sometimes those same guitars are overwhelmed by the all consuming bass & drums ... read more
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Year End Lists

#4/Treble
#5/Revolver
#13/PopMatters
#30/Decibel
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Decade Lists

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Track List

  1. Front Toward Enemy
  2. I'm Already Gone
  3. Seasons
  4. Sevens
  5. Tourniquet
  6. Anchor's Lament
  7. Throw Me an Anchor
  8. I'd Do Anything
  9. Blankets of Ash
  10. Emmet: Radiating Light
  11. Cold: Blooded Angels
  12. Crooked Mile
  13. Broken Halo
  14. Can Oscura
  15. Borderlines
  16. Assault on East Falls
  17. Pale Sun
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