Baroness - Purple
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #68 / 742
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2015 Ratings: #90
December 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Abraxan Hymns / Label
Dave Fridmann / Producer
Stoner Metal / Genres
yourbaroness.com / Website
Your Review


If you've loved Baroness's previous work and were holding your breath for this one, or if you are new to the group but love psych metal or more accessible heavy bands like Saviours and Mastodon, this is a must-hear. Baroness are back, and they sound as good as ever.
These are some of the biggest, strongest songs the Baroness have written; it's rock music that folds in their more metal leanings, along with something more delicate and spare.
Consequence of Sound

Purple is their triumphant comeback, encapsulating the grief, recovery, and revitalization of Baroness.

The Guardian

Purple is a far more focused and fiery beast; both a return to the stormy riffing and skewed melodies of old and a subtle but unmistakable lunge for mainstream glory.

Crossover moves are too often dismissed as cheap and lazy. These are brave, artfully considered.

Though not as "experimental" as their previous couple of records, as a whole Purple is far more focused, and it's certainly more euphoric.

Drowned in Sound

It mightn’t possess the brute strength of those Relapse releases, Red and Blue, but there’s a greater balance between aggression and introspection to these songs.

Every Baroness album before this has featured huge shifts in style, this being the one where they take the best of each to create a propulsive, thrilling whole.

The band unapologetically attempt to reach beyond the limits of their primary genre’s audience and welcome in anyone who appreciates a good song. And there are many very good songs among Purple’s ten cuts.

A.V. Club

What defines Purple ... and allows it to transcend a mostly hokey, overwrought sound is the technicality and experimentation with which Baroness attacks melody, mostly via the busy drumming of Sebastian Thomson (also of Trans Am) and expert guitar work by Baizley and Peter Adams.

Under The Radar

To be fair, Purple is an enjoyable ride that's unlikely to disappoint avowed fans of the band. But playing it safe and not advancing their thesis substantially invites comparisons to earlier artifacts of their sonic template, artifacts that shine brighter than the present one.

Dec 20, 2015
Baroness take the best elements of their last effort and arrange them all into an album that feels a lot more focused and tightly arranged. They're still relying on hooks quite a bit here and they've never sounded this powerful and anthemic. I really wish the recording sounded more organic. The drumming and guitar work sounded a bit too compressed on here, but I can't really say it brings this whole thing down for me. What matters is the actual music and it is oh-so satisfying.

Favourite ... read more
Dec 20, 2017
Fairly uninspiring
Jan 16, 2016
Determined to survive after the bus accident and with a new line-up, they choose purple to colour their strong and more focused, metal assignment.
Dec 24, 2015
Original review: http://tuk20.com/2015/12/24/album-review-baroness-purple/

Here are my thoughts on the new Baroness album, “Purple”:

I don’t review the metal genre very often, but when I do it’s usually something I really enjoy. “Purple” is no exception. The album opens with some lovely, electric guitars and drums which then quickly transitions into some fast paced, awesome sludge metal. The two opening tracks are amazing. So amazing in fact, it’s ... read more
Dec 21, 2015
Three years after the release of the highly conceptual, ambitious double-disc Yellow & Green, american sludge-metallers Baroness are back with one of their shortest and most accessible albums yet. The songs on Purple are pretty short for the most part, and feel really simple in comparison with some of their early works. Even so, the band shows that their artistic sensibility is still on point while they blend heavy guitar riffs with melodic hooks and choruses, finally achieving a balance ... read more
#10/The Needle Drop
Track List
  1. Morningstar
  2. Shock Me
  3. Try to Disappear
  4. Kerosene
  5. Fugue
  6. Chlorine & Wine
  7. The Iron Bell
  8. Desperation Burns
  9. If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)
  10. Crossroads of Infinity
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, philthy

Added on: August 28, 2015