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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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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. 100
    To say this album is epic would be an understatement; it’s a work of art in the truest sense.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. Jun 11, 2019
    90
    Baroness have outdone themselves with Gold & Grey. Armed with a fresh sound and well-honed talent, they are finally ready to be recognized as one of the most important bands in modern rock music.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. Jun 16, 2019
    10
    Album of the year contender, really great stuff. It's a shame that the mix is not as good as it should...
  2. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    The best album Baroness have ever done. And not only that. Its one of the best records this year, if not the best.
  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 22, 2019
    9
    I'm listening to it for the 15th time. I hated the mix on first play - I have a very accurate system with a lot of range and flat frequencyI'm listening to it for the 15th time. I hated the mix on first play - I have a very accurate system with a lot of range and flat frequency response that picks out every detail of a recording, and this one is definitely raw and abrasive sounding in direct stereo mode. I tried sending it through my Yamaha receiver's Dolby surround mixer and that seemed to smooth it out some. After the third time through I understood that much or all of the low-fi sounding distortion is deliberate and done for effect, and now I like the sound on any system or headphones.

    This one reminds me of Mastodon's last album, stirring as it drifts through fields of despair, without sugar coating or apologies. Highly recommended as a change of pace after becoming fatigued by driving, relentless death metal or mindless, throbbing house/EDM.

    I didn't really give Purple a chance when it was released, but I'm finding some replay value in that one now as well, now that I'm not expecting everything to sound like Red and Blue. I hope the band keeps evolving, it's been a journey for certain.
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  5. Jun 14, 2019
    8
    Wasn’t a big fan of the mix/master on some of these tracks, but baroness really closes out the color series with a banger. The first fewWasn’t a big fan of the mix/master on some of these tracks, but baroness really closes out the color series with a banger. The first few listens seem to blend all of the songs together. And as one “1 star” (lol) review points out it could seem like there is no difference, but after your second or third listen you’ll notice each song has its own character. Give this one more than one listen. You’ll hear the gold. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2019
    3
    I'd like to preface my review by saying I'm an enormous Baroness fan, having seen them in a small rock club shortly after the Red albumI'd like to preface my review by saying I'm an enormous Baroness fan, having seen them in a small rock club shortly after the Red album released. I was immediately hooked. Their energy, experimentation, and rawness was addictive. Since then, I graduated with a degree in music and recording arts and have kept their music close at hand through the process. Baroness's sound has never stuck out as 'exceptional' from a sonic standpoint. The emotion and energy is so palpable that I can typically be drawn into the music even if I don't care for the recording quality. I can separate that analytical part of my brain, cease to care about the fact that Baizley's voice might be flat on the first records or the guitar parts are over-compressed and wash out the entire mid range (purple), or the over-use of effects (yellow & green, purple) for instance. I can usually put aside my criticisms, and sit back and bask in the glorious, triumphant music on display. However, with Gold & Grey, at least from my first 3 listens, it is no longer possible for me to do this. When "Borderlines, Seasons, Throw Me an Anchor" were released, I experienced a kind of cognitive dissonance. I was hearing new material with interesting transitions, killer bass and drum parts, impressive vocal parts from Baizley and harmonies from Gina (who's awesome live by the way)...I'm hearing all the great things that are completely masked by the overuse of compression and overall terrible sounding mix. IT'S TOO DISTRACTING. I'm all for adding saturation, reverb, compression, and interesting effects to a mix, but when it all hits you at once it simply leads to ear fatigue and disappointment. This album is the equivalent of reading a great book with the text intentionally blurred. If Ansel Adams took one of his classic large format photos and scanned it with a cheap scanner and then compressed the image even more, it wouldn't give you the sense of awe that Yosemite inspires. It's the same with Gold & Grey. An interesting, wonderfully written record was squashed. I really, really hope they continue in the writing direction but hire a different producer and engineer for their next effort. Their amazing music deserves it. I'm not saying their production value needs to be as high as say Porcupine Tree or Opeth (Blackwater Park, Ghost Reveries) for example, but at least dial back the compression on the mix. Let it breath, give it space for more dynamics and clarity of instrumentation. They are great players and deserve to be heard as such. Seriously, A/B this album with Yellow & Green and the Red Album for example and tell me I'm crazy. I know this is a negative review in a giant pile of positive ones. I'm glad people are enjoying the record. I wish I could. 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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