Baroness - Purple
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Based on 20 reviews
2015 Ratings: #55 / 913
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Based on 202 ratings
2015 Ratings: #121
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December 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Abraxan Hymns / Label
Stoner Metal / Genres
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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.

A fun rock record that feels classic and electric.

Best Track: Shock Me
Worst Track: If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)
Baroness is one of the rare contemporary bands to have imposed over time a sound and visual identity, which is bound to be a lot to John Baizley, founder, singer and graphic designer of the band. Baroness is a colorful universe with a very marked style, which gravitates somewhere between emotional sludge and the progressive but it is also a concept, each album having the name of a color. After red, blue, yellow and green, Baroness chose purple. The quartet delivers with "Purple" the ... read more
Baroness went through a lot in coming back to this fourth release, Purple. The band went through a horrific car accident, a line up change, and shifted to their own label as well as a new producer. With all these changes one could see Baroness having a difficult time finding their sound again and crafting something worthwhile. However, on Purple Baroness do everything that they can to succeed and then some, delivering a tight and consistent record.

Purple maintains a similar anthemic sound to ... read more
Very refreshing after listening to Baroness' Gold & Grey, this year.

Favorite Tracks: "Chlorine & Wine", "If I Have To Wake Up", "Morning Star", "The Iron Bell"

Least Favorite Tracks: "Crossroads of Infinity"
I know I’m doing this in the opposite order, but this is the 2nd Baroness album I’ve listened to (Gold & Grey was the first). After having heard this, I feel like I recognize what makes this a “stronger” metal album compared to G&G but these tracks don’t land very hard on me. The interludes and eclectic organization isn’t as present in Purple and the album isn’t attached to my mind as much either. It’s good, but not an excellent portrayal ... read more
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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
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