Yellow & Green - Baroness
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Aug 16, 2012
    70
    Yellow & Green is an ambitious sprawl of music from a band willing to reinvent themselves with each album.
  2. 90
    The band resorts to an 18-set record simply because everything is indisputably necessary and furthermore, solid gold.
  3. Aug 9, 2012
    80
    You can't deny how interesting some of these dynamic post-rock explorations are.
  4. Aug 3, 2012
    80
    To the wider rock world, Yellow/Green deserves to be regarded as a left of field classic, whilst to the metalheads who were perfectly content with the Baroness sound as it was, the record may seem something of a disappointment, its straightforward and melodic approach to songwriting the antithesis of the labyrinthine complexities and huge riffs of old.
  5. Aug 1, 2012
    100
    They deliver 18 tracks of timeless, gimmick-free and inventive rock. [14 Jul 2012, p.52]
  6. Jul 27, 2012
    80
    It's the their best album yet. [Aug 2012, p.102]
  7. Jul 26, 2012
    70
    The good does far outweigh the bad, and had this album been a bit more condensed, it would have been one of my favorites this year.
  8. Jul 25, 2012
    80
    Yellow & Green documents the evolution of Baroness from great metal band to great band.
  9. Jul 24, 2012
    90
    This is an album of atmosphere, huge highs, crushing lows, melodies, crescendos and something entirely new that still sounds natural. Stunning.
  10. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    What is perhaps this record's greatest strength: Baroness has crafted an epic collection of heavy music with two distinct spheres: the hard-hitting paranoia of Yellow, and the more organic, earthiness of Green.
  11. Jul 18, 2012
    85
    Each disc stands on its own as a powerful document; together, they genuinely earn the word "epic.
  12. Jul 18, 2012
    72
    Yellow & Green casts off the shackles of expectation while simultaneously taking a measured step in the direction of accessibility.
  13. Jul 17, 2012
    80
    Brawny, anthemic hard-rock chug remains their backbone. [Aug 2012, p.69]
  14. Jul 17, 2012
    80
    Most songs keep to a more humble pace, unfurling slowly and often with surprising beauty. [Aug 2012, p.86]
  15. Jul 17, 2012
    70
    A thrilling hard-rock epic.
  16. Jul 17, 2012
    50
    The result is flat and congealed, lacking danger.
  17. Jul 17, 2012
    80
    The band has crafted something surprising: a poignant, reflective hard-rock album that straddles the divide between '70s classic rock ambition and '90s alt-rock theatrics.
  18. Jul 17, 2012
    67
    There's an abundance of good ideas here, all of them fearlessly pursued. Next time, the band just needs to hire an editor.
  19. Jul 16, 2012
    90
    Sure it comes with its imperfections, but it's this humanity that makes music so life affirming. Like all great rock bands that have gone before them-allow Baroness the opportunity to change your life. They just might succeed in doing so.
  20. Jul 16, 2012
    90
    On Yellow & Green, he [John Baizley] finds the confines of metal itself too limiting; so Baroness dive, dive, dive, dive into '90s commercial alternative harder than a sackful of Yucks and come out smarter and weirder and better than any metal band this year.
  21. 60
    Their third album totaling 75 minutes and spread, slightly unnecessarily, over two CDs, it reaches unexpected new heights in the pantheon of 'metal bands who mellowed out'.
  22. 80
    Baroness possesses an acute sense of melody, unpredictable songwriting, and vision for its work. Yellow & Green encapsulates all of those things, and, consequently, it's one of the year's most engaging metal albums.
  23. Jul 13, 2012
    90
    This nearly flawless collection is simply the next step in the Baroness saga, and it's a beautiful one.
  24. Jul 13, 2012
    70
    Between the steady maturation displayed by those ensuing color-coded works and the quantity of songs here, both undeniably infectious and innovative, many more fans are bound to embark on the Georgians' strange, strange ride.
  25. Jul 13, 2012
    40
    Throughout this often incoherent hodgepodge of tunes, Baroness has mostly abandoned the contrast that made its previous records work so well.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 17, 2012
    9
    I love Red album and Blue record. New stuff is different, but as good as older records. Best songs: Take my bones away, Psalms Alive, The Line Between
  2. Jul 22, 2012
    10
    This album took me a few listens, because I was expecting some more of the same Baroness that I know and love. Overall, it is a very mellow record for them. Baizley has certainly cleaned up the vocals, and the backing vocals stand out a lot more. There are some very nice instrumental moments, some great heavy moments, but overall it is a very enjoyable listen. In a year where I've been let down by a lot of albums that I've been looking forward to, this does not disappoint. Just buy it, crank it up, and enjoy the ride. Full Review »
  3. Jul 17, 2012
    10
    I am absurdly pleased with this album. The songs flow together beautifully and balance the dynamics of heavy and melodic to perfection. Only a fool would pigeon hole this band as metal after the metamorphosis that was Red and Blue. They are musicians that are evolving as they learn about themselves, the world, and what it means to grow. They are far from stale and have not gone soft. They have simply taken the next step too many musicians these days are afraid to make. Full Review »