Album Reviews

Purple by Baroness

I’ll make my verdict for this album known up front, for those of you with a short attention span.

Go buy this album right fucking now!

Do yourself a favor and pick up the vinyl, which is another beautiful piece by Baroness lead singer and sole original member John Baizley. Not only is the art amazing for an album cover, it deserves to be mounted and hung on your wall and this album deserves constant rotation on your turn table.

Did you get the album yet? No! Well I’m sure you’ve got some cash from grandma or some estranged second uncle for whatever holiday it is you celebrate. You don’t have a record player? That doesn’t matter all albums come with a digital download. Meet me back here once you’ve given it a good solid listen, I’ll grab a cup of coffee while I wait.

How good was that? I know!

If you didn’t buy the album, well shame on you for not playing along, but you really should go out and get it.

The album starts off like a punch to the throat, with a barrage of drums followed by the trademark heavy sound of Baroness. There may have been a lineup change sense the last album, but the band is tighter than ever.

While a good portion of modern metal bands are content with indecipherable vocals and blast beats, Baroness churn out heavy songs that rely on more. I’ve had too many conversations with metal fans where the focus goes away from song writing and falls into blast beat, aggression and speed territories. Discussion of the feeling metal music gives is absent from these conversations, which is unfortunate because music should be about the upfront experience. We should all turn that analytical side off and just try to dive into a piece of art before we dissect it to the point that it’s unrecognizable.

The goal of any record should be to grab the listener’s attention and keep it, hopefully transporting them to specific emotional state. Purple is an album that accomplishes this by kicking the listener’s ass on “Morningstar” and them holding them compassionately through darker and more somber territory on “Try to Disappear” and “Kerosene”. No matter the mode the album is operating in, there are constants throughout this album, it’s raw, vulnerable and honest. The lyrics come from the mind of an artist who appears to be more comfortable with himself, yet still throws everything he has into every moment of every song.

To cement what I’m sure you’ve been able to gather, I love this album. It’s been on repeat for the last week and I haven’t listened to much else, nor do I plan to before the new year.

Rating:  4.5/5

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