Purity Ring - WOMB
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #151 / 175
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2020 Ratings: #130
Liked by 7 people
April 3, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Synthpop, Electropop / Genres
Suggest a Genre
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Sign In to rate and review


Loud and Quiet

Purity Ring’s third album is a shimmering escape, and as good a self-isolation soundtrack as you’re likely to find.


The wait may have been long, but the results are mature and compassionate enough to justify it.

The Arts Desk

There is magic here, and a refinement where digitally-treated voice and electronic wizardy are perfectly matched.

The Skinny

There’s very little room for light and shade amongst their wall of cavernous synths, and while this can generate an evocative mood  it can sometimes feel like James and Roddick are happy to operate within their comfort zone.


Subtle experiments pay off on Purity Ring's eerie, macabre third album – though you may sometimes wish they’d surprise you more.


What it lacks in consistency, it makes up for with tentative experimentation giving a look at what Purity Ring’s fourth album might look like, and what exactly they have been up to in the past five years.

First of all I must say that WOMB didn't give satisfaction, maybe even less than the second album, which shows that they are far from matching the level of Shrines. As much as the production is very well done, eloquent enough and the atmosphere set up on WOMB is rather interesting, but above all it gave me this bad impression of going around in circles, without reaching the goals and objectives the duo had set themselves.

First of all, there are its melodies, often too linear, which are ... read more
Although the album is dominated by lush and shimmering production and perfect headphone music, there tends to be just enough bite to this album to make it effective without feeling like it relies so heavily on its sonic escape that it doesn't have to contain any substance. WOMB leans into its synth-heavy electronic vibe and vocalist Megan James does essentially what she has to by making it so her voice is used as more of an element of the noise rather than the centerpiece of the record. It's ... read more
First track kicks in, what should I do, sit, lay, record my reaction??
I remember when Asido dropped and I was beyond excited. Then, silence, silence, long silence. Back in 2019 I really thought that Purity Ring's last creation. Even tho artists take long time to make new album sometimes. But then, Stardew dropped and it felt so unreal. Let me clear myself, Purity Ring is my favourite band amongst Phantogram and their last album was incredible, right now it's the highest rated LP for me and ... read more
In resume: great synthpop album.
Flashback to late 2016. Things started to change a lot in my life and I've gained a lot of free time that I didn't know what to do with, fortunately my favorite band Linkin Park was about the drop a new album and I spend a lot of time following their updated and reading interviews. One of them had Mike Shinoda mentioned some people that he has worked with, one of listed was Corin Roddick. I was like why not so I checked the stuff from all those names but nothing really interested me, until I ... read more
Purchasing WOMB from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

Added on: February 18, 2020