Purple (Baroness album)

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Purple
Baroness Purple.jpg
Studio album by Baroness
Released December 18, 2015
Recorded Winter 2015
Studio Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, New York
Genre Sludge metal, alternative metal, progressive rock
Length 42:33
Label Abraxan Hymns
Producer David Fridmann, Baroness[1]
Baroness chronology
Yellow & Green
(2012)Yellow & Green2012
Purple
(2015)
Singles from Purple
  1. "Chlorine & Wine"
    Released: August 28, 2015[2]
  2. "Shock Me"
    Released: November 15, 2015[3]

Purple is the fourth studio album by sludge metal band Baroness. It was released December 18, 2015 through the band's newly founded label Abraxan Hymns. It is the first album to be released by the band following their involvement in the 2012 bus accident that left nine people injured; it is also the first album to feature new band members Nick Jost and Sebastian Thompson, playing bass/keyboards and drums respectively[1] and the last album to feature Pete Adams before his departure from the band in 2017. The first single from the album, "Chlorine & Wine", was released on 28 August 2015.[2] The second single from the album, "Shock Me," was released on 15 November 2015 and it reached #28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US.[4][3] The album was included at number 23 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list and at number 7 on Rolling Stone's Best Metal Albums of 2015 list.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubB[8]
Drowned in Sound(8/10)[9]
Exclaim!(9/10)[10]
The Guardian4/5 stars[11]
Metal Hammer4.5/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork(8.5/10)[13]
PopMatters8/10 stars[14]
Rolling Stone Australia4.5/5 stars[15]
Spin8/10[16]

Purple was met with critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic (a review aggregator site which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from music critics), based on 19 critics, the album has received a score of 85/100, which indicates "universal acclaim".

In Dom Lawson's review of the album for The Guardian, he described the album as 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. It's a balance they pull off brilliantly."[11] Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy was likewise praising of the album, writing that "These are some of the biggest, strongest songs that Baroness has written; it's rock music that folds in their more metal leanings, along with something more delicate and spare. The hooks and melodies are their best."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Morningstar"4:16
2."Shock Me"4:17
3."Try to Disappear"4:52
4."Kerosene"5:10
5."Fugue"2:34
6."Chlorine & Wine"6:49
7."The Iron Bell"4:24
8."Desperation Burns"4:14
9."If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)"5:41
10."Crossroads of Infinity"0:16
Total length:42:33

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 91
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 75
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 64
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 88
US Billboard 200[23] 70

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
L.A. Weekly US 10 Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2015[24] 2015 3
Loudwire US 20 Best Rock Albums of 2015[25] 2015 9
Metalholic US 50 Best Hard Rock and Metal Albums of 2015[26] 2015 5
New Noise US Top 50 Metal & Rock Albums of 2015[27] 2015 4
Pitchfork US The Best Metal Albums of 2015[28] 2015 6
Rolling Stone US 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015[29] 2015 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jon Blistein (28 August 2015). "Baroness Prep 'Purple' LP, Pour Powerful New Song 'Chlorine and Wine'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Michael Nelson (28 Aug 2015). "Baroness – "Chlorine & Wine" + Purple Album Details". Stereogum. Retrieved 3 Sep 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Peter Helman (15 Nov 2015). "Baroness – "Shock Me"". Stereogum. Retrieved 16 Nov 2015. 
  4. ^ "Baroness Shock Me Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  5. ^ Bird, ed. 2016, p. 26
  6. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom. "AllMusic Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  8. ^ Warwick, Kevin (December 18, 2015). "Baroness' Purple is a triumphant epilogue to disaster". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ Diver, Mike (December 21, 2015). "Drowned in Sound Review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ Herron-Wheeler, Addison (December 16, 2015). "Baroness - Purple". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Lawson, Dom (December 3, 2015). "Baroness: Purple review – metallers lunge for mainstream glory". The Guardian. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Alderslade, Merlin (December 8, 2015). "Baroness: Purple". Metal Hammer. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Brandon Stosuy (December 10, 2015). "Baroness - Purple". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ Whitelock, Ed (January 5, 2016). "Baroness Purple". PopMatters. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ Doreian, Robyn (December 9, 2015). "Baroness Purple". Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ Weiss, Dan (December 14, 2015). "Review: Baroness Rebound From Tragedy With a 'Purple' Haze". Spin. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (December 26, 2015). "ARIA Albums: Adele '25' No 1 for Fifth Week". Noise11. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Baroness – Purple" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Baroness – Purple" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  20. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Baroness – Purple". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Baroness – Purple". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  23. ^ "Baroness Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  24. ^ Roche, Jason (December 8, 2015). "The 10 Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2015". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  25. ^ Staff (December 9, 2015). "20 Best Rock Albums of 2015". Loudwire. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  26. ^ Rose, Rustyn (December 31, 2015). "Metalholic's 50 Best Hard Rock and Metal Albums of 2015". Metalholic. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  27. ^ Ringo, Brandon (January 7, 2016). "Top 50 Metal & Rock Albums of 2015". New Noise. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  28. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (December 21, 2015). "The Best Metal Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  29. ^ "20 Best Metal Albums of 2015". Rolling Stone. December 10, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (January 2016). "Top 50 Releases of the Year". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (208). ISSN 1465-0185.