Within and Without (album)

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Within and Without
Washed Out - Within and Without.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)
LabelSub Pop
  • Ben H. Allen
  • Ernest Greene
Washed Out chronology
Life of Leisure
Within and Without

Within and Without is the debut studio album by American singer Washed Out, released on July 6, 2011 by Sub Pop. The album debuted at number 26 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.[3]


The cover for Within and Without uses an image that also appeared in the May 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, accompanying an article titled "Is This the Most Satisfying Sex Position?".[4] 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."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[9]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[13]

Within and Without received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on 34 reviews.[6]

Kevin Liedel of Slant Magazine 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] Brandon Soderberg of Pitchfork 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.[1]

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 tracks written by Ernest Greene, except where noted.

1."Eyes Be Closed"4:47
3."Amor Fati"4:26
5."Far Away"4:00
7."You and I" (featuring Caroline Polachek; writers: Greene, Polachek)5:13
8."Within and Without"3:32
9."A Dedication"4:17
Total length:40:40


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


Chart (2011) Peak
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[21] 20
Belgian Heatseekers Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 1
Belgian Heatseekers Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 80
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[25] 36
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 89
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[27] 12
US Billboard 200[28] 26
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[29] 5
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[30] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[31] 6

Release history[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c Soderberg, Brandon (July 11, 2011). "Washed Out: Within and Without". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Within and Without – Washed Out". AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Ugwu, Reggie (July 25, 2013). "Chillwave Hero Washed Out Masters the Not-Quite Concept Album With 'Paracosm'". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 3, 2011). "Yup, Washed Out's Album Cover Was in Cosmo". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Cam (July 6, 2011). "Washed Out Sheds Light on Album Cover's Use in 'Cosmo'". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Within and Without by Washed Out". Metacritic. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  7. ^ Williams, Christian (July 12, 2011). "Washed Out: Within And Without". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Petridis, Alexis (July 7, 2011). "Washed Out: Within and Without – review". The Guardian. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Carroll, Jim (July 8, 2011). "Washed Out". The Irish Times. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Snapes, Laura (July 5, 2011). "Album Review: Washed Out – 'Within And Without'". NME. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Washed Out: Within and Without". Q (301): 122. August 2011.
  12. ^ Ganz, Caryn (September 12, 2011). "Washed Out: Within and Without". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  13. ^ a b Liedel, Kevin (July 6, 2011). "Washed Out: Within and Without". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "Washed Out, 'Within and Without' (Sub Pop)". Spin. July 12, 2011. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  15. ^ Lester, Paul (July 4, 2011). "Review of Washed Out – Within and Without". BBC Music. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  16. ^ "Within and Without (Bonus Track Version) by Washed Out". iTunes Store (US). Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Within and Without" (in Japanese). Yoshimoto R and C. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Within and Without by Washed Out". iTunes Store (JP). Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Within And Without (+2 Bonus Tracks) – Washed Out". JB Hi-Fi. Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  20. ^ Within and Without (CD liner notes). Washed Out. Sub Pop. 2011. SP945.
  21. ^ "ARIA Hitseekers – Week Commencing 1st August 2011" (PDF). ARIA Charts (1118): 20. August 1, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  22. ^ "Washed Out – Within And Without" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  23. ^ "Washed Out – Within And Without" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  24. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Washed Out – Within and Without" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  25. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Washed Out – Within and Without". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  26. ^ "Washed Out | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  28. ^ "Washed Out Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  29. ^ "Washed Out Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  30. ^ "Washed Out Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  31. ^ "Washed Out Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  32. ^ "Within and Without" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  33. ^ "Within And Without". Domino. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  34. ^ "Washed Out by Within and Without". Sub Pop. Retrieved July 14, 2017.