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Generally favorable reviews- based on 124 Ratings

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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. Jun 11, 2019
    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: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
  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. Jun 17, 2019
    9
    Gold & Grey: a complex album that's not as immediate as Purple. It's a dense progged out journey through hazy delirium and pain. Cold-bloodedGold & Grey: a complex album that's not as immediate as Purple. It's a dense progged out journey through hazy delirium and pain. Cold-blooded Angels is my favorite track currently, though this may change with further delving.

    It's a mature and impressive piece of work. A lot of curve balls and a feeling of emergent creativity instead of linear narrative.

    The bass is nasty, and the drums are frenetic and killer.

    The rhythm work on this album is front and center in the mix and is very impressive.

    This was not an LP created with demographics, statistics, or product maximization in mind.

    The mix is jarring, but overall I'm very happy with it.
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  5. Nov 28, 2021
    7
    Really consistent and enjoyable. They have a great ear for melody and it all just fits together very well
  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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