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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the hard rock/metal band is the first with new guitarist Gina Gleason (Peter Adams left the band in 2017).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Kerrang!
    Jun 13, 2019
    100
    By trying to annihilate what's gone before and truly raise themselves higher, they've created a special record, with a depth that will still have you under its spell a decade from now. [15 Jun 2019, p.53]
  2. 100
    To say this album is epic would be an understatement; it’s a work of art in the truest sense.
  3. 100
    Baroness currently find themselves in a place of great maturity, exhibiting superb musicianship. It’s fitting for Gold & Grey to be the conclusion of the band’s color-themed albums. The array of instrumentation and emotion throughout not only make Gold & Grey a joy to listen to, but also an achievement of which Baroness can truly be proud.
  4. Jun 14, 2019
    80
    Thanks to maturity, Fridmann's mix, and uncanny sequencing, every song fits seamlessly inside each proceeding one, delivering a mercurial yet satisfying whole that makes Gold & Grey the band's finest outing to date, if not their masterpiece.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2019
    80
    Stellar fifth album is a determined attempt to push back the genre's long-established boundaries, folding in everything from glitchy electronica and lysergic Americana to gnarled pop into their full-frontal noise. [Aug 2019, p.108]
  6. Jun 25, 2019
    80
    Baroness convince their disparate influences to gel beautifully without lapsing into the homogeneity (or self-indulgent drudgery) that remains a common defect of long, proggy albums. The second half is noticeably quieter and spookier than the more bombastic first half, easing down gently into more melodic and even acoustic fare.
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    70
    Some space is wasted--the album would feel more concise without the ambient sonic interludes it's peppered with--but when they hit their stride, as on the magnificent Throw Me An Anchor, Baroness seem unstoppable. [Summer 2019, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    Great album. Could be their best. When I was done listening to it I started it again from the beginning.
  2. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    Really consistent and enjoyable. They have a great ear for melody and it all just fits together very well.
  3. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    Despite the mix is raw, they try yo go further of the new sounds explored in Purple.
    It's a reinvention using elements of their four previous
    Despite the mix is raw, they try yo go further of the new sounds explored in Purple.
    It's a reinvention using elements of their four previous albums as a cornerstone.
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  4. Jul 22, 2019
    9
    Baroness have created one of the finest hard rock albums of the decade.

    Now, one note: this isn't a "metal" album. It's certainly not another
    Baroness have created one of the finest hard rock albums of the decade.

    Now, one note: this isn't a "metal" album. It's certainly not another Blue Record (recommended listening from Baroness before you pick this one up), although it does retain some of the left-field aesthetic of that album. If you're coming in expecting pummeling double kick and vocal-shredding howls, this isn't for you.

    With that in mind, Gold and Grey stands head and shoulders above most of today's hard rock. The band displays a fine craftsmanship in their songwriting and performance. From the sheer passion of "Seasons" to the syncopated transition from "Tourniquet" to "Anchor's Lament," this is a highly rewarding listen. One step further, however, lies in the production. While many listeners immediately found reproach in the heavily distorted, crunchy sound of the album, I found it to be a daring artistic statement. Baroness don't conform to the norm; nothing here is clean or perfect, but Baroness also don't sacrifice dynamic range for the intensity of the production. Several very well done instrumental interludes throughout (namely, "Blankets of Ash") ensure that the entire album isn't jacked up to eleven. Also, while the distortion does obscure the drums and other components quite a bit, it brings the vocals to the forefront. It grants Gold and Grey a highly melodic quality which so much hard rock and metal music lacks. That’s why it’s such a point of contention between the average listeners and those seeking a more daring display of artistry. The production can be distracting at first, but in my book and after giving the album several listeners it's a definite pro.

    Gold and Grey isn’t revolutionary. It probably won’t change the face of rock music. But it still stands as one of the finest displays of creativity from that genre in recent years, and as such deserves to be heard by anyone who follows hard rock. This is fine art. Challenge yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
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  5. Jul 26, 2019
    7
    This is an album that could've been truly amazing if it had a better mix. The production can get truly messy and even clip in the mix to makeThis is an album that could've been truly amazing if it had a better mix. The production can get truly messy and even clip in the mix to make some of these songs enjoyable. Despite that, the band can still play like crazy and there are some songs that could even match what they delivered on "Purple". I just wish the production was better... Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2019
    5
    I want to like it. I just can't get over the final mix and mastering. I understand that this was the sound that they were going forI want to like it. I just can't get over the final mix and mastering. I understand that this was the sound that they were going for artistically, but this mix takes away from the harmony, subtlety, and finesse that the band clearly have. The songs are well written and diverse. Possibly better than some of their other albums. To my untrained ears, it sounds like the engineer allowed everything (particularly the bass and drums) to clip, and then slammed it through a compressor. Completely lacks dynamics and range. Oversaturated and distorted sounding. It's hard to get the 'feels' of the songs, when sonically, it's just squashed and loud. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2019
    1
    Found the album utterly boring, can’t understand some of the rave reviews being dished out here. Won’t be listing to it again.

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