Baroness - Purple
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #57 / 771
User Score
Based on 137 ratings
2015 Ratings: #104
December 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Abraxan Hymns / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
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.
85
Pitchfork
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.
83
Consequence of Sound

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

80
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.

80
Spin
Crossover moves are too often dismissed as cheap and lazy. These are brave, artfully considered.
80
AllMusic

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

80
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.

80
Clash
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.
80
PopMatters

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.

75
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.

55
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.

DevinONeill
90
An incredibly dynamic, righteous sludge metal album containing some of Baroness’ catchiest songwriting to date. One of the best metal albums of the decade imo.
notbuzzzila
100
Easily one of the grandest and most rewarding albums of Savannah, Georgia-style sludge metal. Era-defining metal right here.
gas_souza
79
Morningstar - 80
Shock Me - 80
Try to Disappear - 80
Kerosene - 75
Fugue - 80
Chlorine & Wine - 80
The Iron Bell - 75
Desperation Burns - 80
If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?) - 80
Crossroads of Infinity - NR
laz456
80
Shock Me is still one of my favorite metal songs ever.
Vitaminchick
70
Its a good album but some of the tracks sound very similar to each other.
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#6/Earbuddy
#10/The Needle Drop
#16/Revolver
#24/Treble
#32/Diffuser

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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