Within and Without (album)

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Within and Without
Studio album by Washed Out
Released July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)
Genre
Length 40:43
Label Sub Pop
Producer
  • Ben H. Allen
  • Ernest Greene
Washed Out chronology
Untitled EP
(2010)
Within and Without
(2011)
Paracosm
(2013)

Within and Without is the debut studio album by American chillwave artist Washed Out, released on July 6, 2011 by Sub Pop. The album debuted at number twenty-six on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 15,000 copies, and by July 2013, it had sold 89,000 copies in the United States.[1]

Artwork[edit]

The cover for Within and Without uses an image that appeared in the May 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, accompanying an article titled "Is This the Most Satisfying Sex Position?".[2] Washed Out told Exclaim!, "We licensed the image from the photographer Martien Mulder from New York. I had seen the image in this avant-garde photography magazine while we were on tour in Australia and it was just an ad for one of her exhibitions. I loved it for a lot of different reasons. When we licensed it we thought we had exclusive rights to it and then a month later she licensed it again to Cosmopolitan." He also stated he was disappointed to see the photo used in an article on sexual positions, "mainly because it undercut all of my ideas about what the image represented and what the album represented", as he felt "it wasn't sexual at all and it wasn't supposed to be provocative."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club B[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
musicOMH 4.5/5 stars[9]
NME 5/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[13]
Spin 9/10[14]

Within and Without received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 34 reviews.[4]

Slant Magazine's Kevin Liedel praised its juxtaposition of "warm, decades-old retrograde styles with the despondent, isolated, and decidedly modern mood of [Ernest] Greene's alienated narratives ... Melodies and instrumentation are infused with sunny, tender basslines and mellow synths that harken back to soft, '70s-era R&B rhythms, electrified '80s pop, and synth-heavy shoegaze, while Greene's muffled vocals and haunting atmospherics provide angst-ridden counterpoints."[13] Pitchfork Media's Brandon Soderberg noted the album's improved production values compared to Greene's previous output, and called it a "declaration to snarky ironists that there is nothing to be ashamed of" about the chillwave genre.[11]

However, Paul Lester of BBC Music gave the album a mixed review, stating: "The rhythm is repetitive but sounds played rather than sequenced, offering the idea that Within and Without is less synthetic, more 'real', an unnecessary development considering how moving those early Washed Out tunes were, while production-wise the new material is actually a less punchy version of Greene's pristine melancholia, more waffly and wan."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ernest Greene, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Eyes Be Closed"     4:47
2. "Echoes"     4:08
3. "Amor Fati"     4:26
4. "Soft"     5:31
5. "Far Away"     4:00
6. "Before"     4:46
7. "You and I" (featuring Caroline Polachek)
  • Greene
  • Polachek
5:13
8. "Within and Without"     3:32
9. "A Dedication"     4:17
Total length:
40:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Within and Without.[20]

  • Ernest Greene – art direction, production
  • Ben H. Allen – bass guitar, mixing, percussion, production
  • Mark Cobb – rototoms ("Eyes Be Closed")
  • Bradley Hagen – drums ("Soft")
  • Jeff Kleinsmith – art direction, design
  • John Maskew – engineering
  • Heather McIntosh – cello ("Far Away")
  • Martien Mulder – photos (except peach tree)
  • Caroline Polachek – vocals ("You and I")
  • Rob Skipworth – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart[21] 20
Belgian Heatseekers Albums Chart (Flanders)[22] 1
Belgian Heatseekers Albums Chart (Wallonia)[23] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[24] 80
Norwegian Albums Chart[25] 36
UK Albums Chart[26] 89
UK Indie Albums Chart[27] 12
US Billboard 200[28] 26
US Alternative Albums[29] 6
US Independent Albums[30] 5
US Rock Albums[31] 6

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[17] July 6, 2011 Yoshimoto R and C
Germany[32] July 8, 2011 Domino
United Kingdom[33] July 11, 2011 Weird World
United States[34] July 12, 2011 Sub Pop
Australia[19] July 29, 2011 Pod

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 3, 2011). "Yup, Washed Out's Album Cover Was in Cosmo". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam (July 6, 2011). "Washed Out Sheds Light on Album Cover's Use in 'Cosmo'". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
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  6. ^ Williams, Christian (July 12, 2011). "Washed Out: Within And Without". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Grant, William (July 7, 2011). "Washed Out – Within and Without". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Petridis, Alexis (July 7, 2011). "Washed Out: Within and Without – review". The Guardian. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Milton, Jamie (July 11, 2011). "Washed Out – Within And Without". musicOMH. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ Snapes, Laura (July 5, 2011). "Album Review: Washed Out – 'Within And Without'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Washed Out – Chart history: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
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