Purple Noon

Washed Out - Purple Noon
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #579 / 603
User Score
Based on 127 ratings
2020 Ratings: #825
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August 7, 2020 / Release Date
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Chillwave / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Northern Transmissions

Inspired by another place in another time, Purple Noon is a transformative piece of work. The songs are some of the more traditional that Greene has ever written and that work goes a long way to create some very relatable moments within the album’s dreamy vapour.

70
Clash
At its best ‘Purple Noon’ is a vibrant electro pop album that shimmers in neon beauty. The melodies are captivating, the harmonies feel like they drift above the speakers like a poppy miasma and the basslines have enough bite to them that they don’t sound cliché.
70
Under The Radar

Purple Noon is filled with Greene’s confident, fuller sound. It’s one big step up for Washed Out.

70
DIY
A glacial melt of shimmering beauty, asking for attention and rewarding it with a kind of zen.
70
Exclaim!
Given that the chillwave craze only lasted a year or two, this is another solid outing from an artist who has turned a flash-in-the-pan trend into a deep discography.
70
Beats Per Minute

Purple Noon is ... an improvement over Mister Mellow because it brings most of what we enjoyed about his early work back – even if it’s not as heavily emphasized.

70
musicOMH

The bittersweet sentiments remain but they are beautifully expressed and wrapped up in classy production, with a notable tension that hangs on every song. Taking these elements into account, there is no need for the current, winning formula to be changed.

70
PopMatters

Washed Out's Purple Noon makes an argument against cynicism simply by existing and sounding as good as it does.

60
Mojo
Strong mastery of mood and era, but the overcast ennui palls before the album's close.
60
The Line of Best Fit

While these songs aren’t necessarily bad by any set definition, the majority certainly lack finesse and the huge downside is Greene seems unwilling to fully move beyond his heyday, opting instead to stay comfortably rooted so he can dabble in the past.

60
AllMusic
After releasing a couple albums that showed the Washed Out sound could be altered in interesting ways, coming back with something that's textbook chillwave can't help but be a letdown, no matter how pretty and soothing it can be.
60
The Observer
He’s a master of mood and melody, but a more pop-facing Ernest Greene needs to let rip a little.
58
Pitchfork
Ernest Greene floats back into the slipstream with an album of innocuous, Balearic-influenced makeout jams that sound lush but are mostly empty on the inside.
55
Paste
Ernest Greene's 5th LP is undeniably lush, but it pales in comparison to his best work.
40
NME
Earnest Greene's tropically-tinged fourth record purports to be about passion, but lacks the emotional intensity that that billing suggests.
30
Spectrum Culture
Greene has painted himself into an aesthetic corner with the Washed Out moniker, unable to grow and expand in any meaningful way.
MarkyC
72
On Purple Noon, Washed Out's romantic recollections are swept up in a warm, hazy breeze, his nostalgic, escapist mood-piece capturing the essence of chillwave to a tee. The soundscape of smooth reverb and tropical instruments lull throughout, enjoyably though if you have the acquired taste.
kosu
50
bored tf out of me
MasterCrackfox
68
An inoffensive yet meditative release from Washed Out, Purple Noon suits to the entire purpose of a chillwave album - to, well, chill to.

Most of my experience with Washed Out comes from a handful of listens to the debut Within and Without and probably hundreds of listens to the theme from Portlandia. The format on this 2020 release doesn't deviate largely from what would be expected from Washed Out as a project, with surrounding soundscapes and heavily vibrant vocalization. It's the perfect ... read more
HoodieBraden
40
A painfully average indie record with minimum points of interest. I wasn't all that excited for this release in the first place. The teaser singles were fairly boring and didn't excite me. Just an overall very flushed-out record that will probably put you to sleep.

Strong 4/10
usedtobe
75
A clear culmination of his sun drenched material doused in nostalgia, this new record from Ernest Greene aka Washed Out spins gauzy, woozy synth works paired with his distinct vocals, more mature than ever. It suffers from lack of variation however makes up for its moods of longing and scintillating melodies. At times, this is the record we need during this time, just to get lost inside our rooms into a distant world unlike our own.
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Track List

  1. Too Late
  2. Face Up
  3. Time to Walk Away
  4. Paralyzed
  5. Reckless Desires
  6. Game of Chance
  7. Leave You Behind
  8. Don't Go
  9. Hide
  10. Haunt
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