Purity Ring - WOMB
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #528 / 622
User Score
Based on 311 ratings
2020 Ratings: #711
Liked by 16 people
April 3, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Synthpop, Electropop / Genres
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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.


Womb's confidence and eloquence proves that a more grown-up Purity Ring still has plenty of sparkle and wonder -- and makes a fine way to round out Roddick and James' first decade of making music together.


There is no doubting the power Roddick and James are wielding on ‘Womb’. The talent of Purity Ring as songwriters, instrumentalists and visionaries is clear to see.


WOMB feels like a more mature and maternal approach to these pains—and even a course to find healing—while still keeping true to their sound.


The electro-pop duo’s first album in five years muses on bodies, blood, and a girl’s coming of age; it benefits from the group’s newfound musical maturity and more exacting editorial eye.


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

Spectrum Culture

Ultimately WOMB feels like the most minor letdown because it lacks the novel, inventive aura that they once captured.

The Young Folks

WOMB’s focus on atmospheric synth is the modern-day iteration of classical, and a breath of fresh air from the fast and loud electric sounds of today’s hits.


Womb contains a world that is by nature red in tooth and claw, and Purity Ring have found a way to marvel at every single aspect of the experience.

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.


‘WOMB’ isn’t quite the modern reinvention it should be.

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
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
I remember when Asido dropped and I was beyond excited for new album. Then, silence, silence, long silence. Back in 2019 I really thought that it was 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, amongst Phantogram, Purity Ring is my favourite band and their last album was incredible, right now it's the highest rated LP for me and Shrines is damn impressive as well, just not as ... 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
oh man, I was really pleased that the initial reviews for this were not favorable. I was so hoping that they could return to the obscure loveliness of Shrines after their brief brush with mainstream commercialism, and writing songs for Katy Perry and whatnot. a retreat to the shadows is just what this band needed. let Grimes be the mundane mainstream artist that everyone thinks is "indie" art pop. Purity Ring does not need to play that role. they should pay attention to what happened ... read more
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Track List

  1. rubyinsides
  2. pink lightning
  3. peacefall
  4. i like the devil
  5. femia
  6. sinew
  7. vehemence
  8. silkspun
  9. almanac
  10. stardew
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Added on: February 18, 2020