17 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

By now, Savannah, Georgia, metal band Baroness is down to one original member—singer/guitarist and album cover artist extraordinaire John Baizley—and based in Philadelphia. But the steady turnover during the past decade and a half hasn't made Baroness feel any less cohesive or consistent. Their fifth full-length album throws in a few stylistic changes (the post-rock interludes “Assault on East Falls” and “Sevens,” the hushed acoustic guitars comprising the first minute of “Tourniquet,” and “Blankets of Ash,” which is a little bit of each) but is as much of an endpoint for the band as it is a springboard. Baizley has said this will be the last Baroness album to be named after colors, an overarching concept that stretches back to 2007's Red Album. Whatever that portends, it won't be due to a lack of ideas. Frantic pulse-quickeners like “Throw Me an Anchor,” “Seasons,” and “Broken Halo” sit alongside the beat-heavy, atmospheric “I'm Already Gone,” which Baizley himself has described as “Massive Attack meets TLC's 'Waterfalls.'”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

By now, Savannah, Georgia, metal band Baroness is down to one original member—singer/guitarist and album cover artist extraordinaire John Baizley—and based in Philadelphia. But the steady turnover during the past decade and a half hasn't made Baroness feel any less cohesive or consistent. Their fifth full-length album throws in a few stylistic changes (the post-rock interludes “Assault on East Falls” and “Sevens,” the hushed acoustic guitars comprising the first minute of “Tourniquet,” and “Blankets of Ash,” which is a little bit of each) but is as much of an endpoint for the band as it is a springboard. Baizley has said this will be the last Baroness album to be named after colors, an overarching concept that stretches back to 2007's Red Album. Whatever that portends, it won't be due to a lack of ideas. Frantic pulse-quickeners like “Throw Me an Anchor,” “Seasons,” and “Broken Halo” sit alongside the beat-heavy, atmospheric “I'm Already Gone,” which Baizley himself has described as “Massive Attack meets TLC's 'Waterfalls.'”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

St. Van Cortlandt ,

Lo Fi Production is Part of Their Charm

To all the people complaining about the production: the band doesn’t care, and neither do the majority of fans. It’s an aesthetic choice and if you can’t appreciate it, too bad for you. I’m very excited for this album! I love their music and their production!

SPIKE.... ,

Cmon

Yes, the music is good, but the production is absolute garbage. Anyone who says that they prefer this type of production, or that they “don’t care” that it sounds awful because “low fi is part of their charm,” not only need their ears checked, but their heads as well. A certain “reviewer” acting pretentious about legitimate criticism is part of the overwhelming minority who are enlightened enough to prefer appalling sound fidelity. I guess the rest of us commoners just don’t understand how TERRIBLE production enhances the listening experience. It would actually be nice to hear all of the great things happening with the instruments, instead of hearing severe sound compression that makes speakers sound like they are going to fall apart. It’s absolutely idiotic to make a conscious decision to destroy the quality of your music through intentionally poor production. It has ruined a few of their albums for me, so I’m a hard pass on this one unless it is re-recorded.

jgsb2001 ,

Amazing Songs, Bad Production

I love Baroness, but the production on these songs is atrocious. I am still giving these songs five stars because the songs stand on their own, regardless of the production. Just image how epic they would be if they weren't clipping every two seconds.

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