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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for Atlanta-based chillwave producer Ernest Greene was mixed by Ben H. Allen.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
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  1. Aug 7, 2020
    80
    While Purple Noon seems to stay fairly level in a dynamic sense, especially compared with Mister Mellow where upbeat and downbeat tracks were fairly distributed, the lyrics take the listener on a journey. ... While not exactly “driving music,” Purple Noon is perfect for lounging around during quarantine.
  2. Aug 11, 2020
    70
    Musically it turns out to be blissful business as usual for Ernest Greene on his fourth album under the Washed Out moniker. The bittersweet sentiments remain but they are beautifully expressed and wrapped up in classy production, with a notable tension that hangs on every song.
  3. Aug 7, 2020
    70
    Purple Noon is filled with Greene’s confident, fuller sound. It’s one big step up for Washed Out
  4. Aug 14, 2020
    70
    Purple Noon isn't the mindless bliss of programmed Spotify algorithm music but the comfort of hanging out with an old friend.
  5. Aug 7, 2020
    60
    After releasing a couple albums that showed the Washed Out sound could be altered in interesting ways, coming back with something that's textbook chillwave can't help but be a letdown, no matter how pretty and soothing it can be.
  6. Aug 10, 2020
    60
    Several songs see Greene stranded near crisis, not quite broken up nor ready to make a romantic move, and the music is similarly timorous. You’re left willing him to change gears, to abandon these elegant sighs for something more full-throated.
  7. It quickly grows dreary when there’s not a knowing smirk to match the intensity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 10, 2020
    10
    Washed out fans will love this album. There are a couple of tracks that don’t hit as hard as others, but overall I really am feeling this. IWashed out fans will love this album. There are a couple of tracks that don’t hit as hard as others, but overall I really am feeling this. I don’t understand all of the negative reviews, but such is life. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2020
    10
    Do me a solid.. go outside and pop this album on while the sun sets.. sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Too Late, Time to Walk Away,Do me a solid.. go outside and pop this album on while the sun sets.. sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Too Late, Time to Walk Away, Paralyzed, and Haunt are all exceptional tracks. Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2020
    10
    his best for sure, might not be faves to many but true fans of washed out early days, will love this album.
  4. Aug 8, 2020
    10
    To reach a state of bliss on holidays I get a drink, lay in the sun, looking over the ocean and play Within and Without in my headphones. ITo reach a state of bliss on holidays I get a drink, lay in the sun, looking over the ocean and play Within and Without in my headphones. I have this album the same treatment and it had the same effect. Love it. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2020
    9
    Solid, chill, and ethereal album. Feels like a modern version of Sade. Love it. Paralyzed, Reckless Desires, and Too Late are absolutely fantastic.
  6. Aug 9, 2020
    8
    Solid new entry from Ernest. Great singles and always has that Washed Out vibe from early albums. Highlights: Time to Walk Away, Paralyzed andSolid new entry from Ernest. Great singles and always has that Washed Out vibe from early albums. Highlights: Time to Walk Away, Paralyzed and Too Late Expand
  7. Aug 7, 2020
    5
    Probably would've been better suited a decade ago during peak-chillwave, and is a significant step back from Mister Mellow. It's both dreamyProbably would've been better suited a decade ago during peak-chillwave, and is a significant step back from Mister Mellow. It's both dreamy and dreary. Expand

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