Barragán (Blonde Redhead album)

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Barragán
Barragán cover.jpg
Studio album by Blonde Redhead
Released September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)
Genre Indie rock
Length 41:45
Label Kobalt Music Group
Producer Drew Brown
Blonde Redhead chronology
Penny Sparkle
(2010)Penny Sparkle2010
Barragán
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound C+[3]
Exclaim! 8/10[4]
NME 4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork 4.3/10[6]
PopMatters 4/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]

Barragán is the ninth studio album by Blonde Redhead, released on September 2, 2014 on Kobalt Music Group. Before, it was released as a free SoundCloud stream on The Guardian on August 26, 2014.[9] The album was released on vinyl and CD.[10]

The album was produced, engineered, and mixed by Drew Brown (Beck, Radiohead, The Books), and recorded at Key Club Recording in Benton Harbor, Michigan and the Magic Shop in New York City.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Barragán received an average score of 64% based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Its light, almost minimalistic sound compared with previous albums has been received with mixed feelings. Reviewer Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! summarizes that "Barragán is not an album determined to grab you in one listen; it's a 'grower,' as they say, but once it grows, it's apparent there's no shortage of baroque delights to discover on this veteran band's ninth album.”[4] PopMatters' Zachary Houle is being more critical, arguing that the music "lacks any kind of clarity in direction", and that fans might be alienated by a "band that is reinventing itself for the sake of reinvention".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Blonde Redhead.

No. Title Length
1. "Barragán" 2:13
2. "Lady M" 2:59
3. "Dripping" 3:40
4. "Cat on Tin Roof" 3:37
5. "The One I Love" 3:51
6. "No More Honey" 3:42
7. "Mind to Be Had" 8:46
8. "Defeatist Anthem (Harry and I)" 6:14
9. "Penultimo" 3:18
10. "Seven Two" 3:25

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 180
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 29
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Barragán by Blonde Redhead". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Barragán - Blonde Redhead". AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kivel, Adam (September 2, 2014). "Blonde Redhead – Barragán". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Lindsay, Cam (August 29, 2014). "Blonde Redhead - Barragán". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ Horner, Al (August 31, 2014). "Blonde Redhead – ‘Barragán’". NME. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Heller, Jason (September 3, 2014). "Blonde Redhead: Barragán". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Houle, Zachary (September 2, 2014). "Blonde Redhead: Barragán". PopMatters. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ Machado, Jessica (September 2, 2014). "Blonde Redhead: Barragán". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Blonde Redhead - Barragán: album stream". The Guardian. August 25, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Barragán - Blonde Redhead | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ Beauchemin, Molly; Gordon, Jeremy (June 10, 2014). "Blonde Redhead Announce New Album Barragán, Share "No More Honey"". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Blonde Redhead - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Blonde Redhead - Chart history - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Blonde Redhead - Chart history - Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 

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