Yellow & Green
10.15.2012 | Selected by Player 6
I'd been looking forward to this double album's release in July, but kind of forgot about it. In August, the band was touring in support of the new record in Britain, and were in a horrible bus crash that left the entire band, crew and driver hospitalized. Lead singer, guitarist, and artist John Baizley just returned to the states last week and penned a vivid and inspiring post (worth a read) about the experience. Reading his story reminded me of how much I've enjoyed their prior work, and the experience I had working on the separations and printing for some of Baizley's art. I think this double LP, promised by some as modern metal's most epic adventure, will be a good listen.
Baroness is news to me, but I like what they’re not trying to be. Rather than trying to be over the top with some aspect of their sound, Baroness keeps it simple by churning out a steady stream of solid rock n’ roll. In fact, I was surprised the album was so long until I realized it’s a double album (technically a What’s On “no no”). But to call their sound Metal seems like a stretch to me. If this is Metal, it’s definitely a softer (or maybe a more ‘classic’) Metal. Definitely closer to tinfoil than iron, man; but whatever, your neck won’t hurt as bad from swinging that mane of yours around.
Hmmm … not sure what to say about this double disc. I don't love it or hate it. It seems to be missing something that brings it to the "next level" to quote a phrase I hate. I'm not sure what it is. Musically it's entertaining though not enough to really draw me in. I think the vocals are a bit flat at times, but that could be production too…hard to say.
Either way this one may take awhile to grow on me. It's definitely one that musically intrigued me but the vocals are hard to get over. They just don't fit well and I keep hearing off key segments.
I think if both discs were sans vocals I could really get into it musically. At this point, the vocals ruin it. Perhaps some time will help.
I'm familiar with Bareness, but have never been much of a fan. I think they're great at what they do. John Baizley is also an amazing artist/illustrator, besides being a solid front man. I just can't get into them and this new record does little to change that. Granted, there are a handful of good songs on here. The album starts off strong, I actually quite like the first track, but my attention fades as the album plays on. They start to get a little to 'psychedelic' for my tastes. I also think some of their past albums are stronger than this one. With that said, I have nothing bad to say about Bareness, I think they are a solid band – just not quite my cup of tea.
I have to admit, it's pretty tough for me to get through a double album without getting bored. But the 100 minutes of Baroness, divided well into two unbalanced halves, is a work of high enough quality to warrant its grandiose length, and I couldn't find a track that seemed unnecessary. Continuing their progression away from any archetype that they are labelled, Baroness explores sludge and drone without being sludgy or drony, and have refined their riffage and vocal interplay to rival the work of other groundbreakers in modern metal. I can't even really come up with a highlight, as the album seems to function best as a unit, especially the Yellow half, which can stand on it's own with it's harder sound. I guess what I like about Baroness is that it's metal without macho. These are just real guys, playing real music, not trying to fit into some label's marketing engine or succumb to being contained to a single genre. With chops like these, who needs to strut?
Never heard of this band and really glad to get turned on to them.
Loved this album. Maybe because I have always been a wannabe drummer and the guy behind the percussion gives the entire album its heart. It’s not just Hard Rock as a possible genre they may fall into. I felt this was music by true musicians. The lyrics and music is well thought out beautiful instrumentals. The musicianship is apparent by the range of the album, from “Take My Bones Away” a hard pure rock song to “Stretchmarker” a beautiful guitar solo.