It's an epic record that is heavy in a new way. When they started making burly, progressive sludge almost 10 years ago, Baroness weren't teenagers: They were grown men with a refined, nuanced approach to heavy metal. Even in , it wasn't your typical Southern sludge swamp. The quartet's new song, minute double album offers a broad, rich expanse of pretty, psychedelic, occasionally heavy, mostly straight-up rock that veers easily into pop, post-rock, and lulling ambient washes.
The sound itself is the biggest shift, though it shouldn't come as a total surprise. They've hinted at these new avenues, and even tentatively explored a few, on their first two LPs, Blue Record and Red Album. What's surprising here is how well it all works. There's almost always some filler on a record of this length-- it's a casualty of double albums-- but there's an impressive scarcity of it here.
Even the songs that float by more humbly, or as background music, ultimately have a place in the overall dynamic by the first or second listen. And they are all songs. Take the "themes" that open Yellow and Green , respectively, the warm, aqueous two minutes of "Yellow Theme", the more drifting, airy, chilly and post-rock anthemic four-and-a-half minutes of "Green Theme". These are beautiful instrumentals, compositions with actual force and not more incidentals. I recently interviewed Baizley about the record.
He detailed how the group's idea of heaviness shifted from their early days to the present. He explained that "tricks" like "10 amplifiers on stage, a ton of volume, and notes on [a] guitar that were more appropriate for bass guitar" were a kind of "artifice to mask youthful songwriting.
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You could say it's metal, but Baroness embodies a restless creativity, a self-awareness that seeks the heavy in unexpected places. It's a quality that's kept me guessing at every turn Baroness makes.
Baroness has a new double-album out July 17 called Yellow and Green , a lyrically introspective and musically expansive work that's arguably less metal and more rock. It will challenge metalheads who seek brutality in the stacks of ear-shattering amps, but for longtime fans who've witnessed Baroness' transition to a more classic-rock and progressively minded band, the journey ought to make sense.
My body's sore. I'm emotionally spent. I'm physically spent. I'm psychically spent.