Baroness - Yellow And Green (2012)

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Awesome stuff. Seems like we need a thread to praise it.

Hear it here, at least for now:

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/08/156292608/first-listen-baroness-yellow-and-green

alpine static, Monday, 9 July 2012 07:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Pretty good but way too much filler.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 9 July 2012 12:22 (four years ago) Permalink

metal album of the year, fuck the haters

calum-y maybe (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 9 July 2012 12:55 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm listening to the NPR stream and enjoying this so far. Best thing they've done by an immense margin.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 July 2012 13:49 (four years ago) Permalink

It's not a metal album, but it is fucking great. The two things are not mutually exclusive.

誤訳侮辱, Monday, 9 July 2012 13:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is fantastic and I love watching the metal gatekeepers getting their knickers all twisted over it.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Totally hate this. Not for failing to to be metal, but for sexless slickness and cornball harmonies. LIke being trapped at the encore of an Alice in Chain gig, where they endlessly cover Asia and Toto deep cuts.

bendy, Monday, 9 July 2012 14:05 (four years ago) Permalink

metal album of the year, fuck the purists

calum-y maybe (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:32 (four years ago) Permalink

encore of an Alice in Chain gig, where they endlessly cover Asia and Toto deep cuts.

Would be in the front row for this gig, btw.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:33 (four years ago) Permalink

would rather hear Toto cover Got Me Wrong

t. s. idiot (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

First impressions:

Yellow is the best thing they've done, even though the alt-rock comes through a bit stronger than I like now and again. I like "Eula" more in sequence than I did hearing it apart from the album. However, Green seems to be mostly a miss, though "Psalms Alive" shakes off some of the torpor that proceeds it.

I might be with AG on this one. There is a killer 40-45 minutes here, but I don't think the stylistic separation of the two parts does it any favors.

Still, it's such a massive step forward that I heartily applaud them. I'm on record as not seeing the appeal of their previous work but this record makes me want to listen to it again.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 July 2012 15:10 (four years ago) Permalink

This is sounding pretty cool, lots of nice textures and details. But the vocals are sometimes a bit Nicklebacky.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 9 July 2012 15:13 (four years ago) Permalink

I've gone on and on about this album elsewhere, but Phil reiterates everything I've said about this record since day one. Not the least bit metal, which in Baroness's case is the smartest thing they could have done. It's a great rock album, and I'm hoping more people from outside the whole metal scene catch on to it.

A. Begrand, Monday, 9 July 2012 15:24 (four years ago) Permalink

the vocals are sometimes a bit Nicklebacky

I haven't heard the new one(s) yet, but this has been my only sort-of objection to them sometimes in the past. But I'm willing to live with it for the grooves, which I'm hoping the new album is awash in.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Monday, 9 July 2012 15:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Second track certainly reminds me of this, if only for a few notes:

alpine static, Monday, 9 July 2012 15:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Man, I had never made the Nickelback connection before, and now I can't unhear it. Thanks ILM!

Hamster of Legend (J3ff T.), Monday, 9 July 2012 22:51 (four years ago) Permalink

It's all very alt rock radio.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 July 2012 22:58 (four years ago) Permalink

That's what's killing me.

bendy, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:30 (four years ago) Permalink

So their earlier stuff is more 'metal' yeah? Maybe I would prefer it. NB I do like this, but I find some elements irksome

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:32 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't hear alt rock radio, really. I hear Torche in a lot of the vocals, but I've also heard people call them alt rock radio. I suppose the stations here play very different alternative rock on the radio.

Walter Galt, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:38 (four years ago) Permalink

wow, not metal at all is a departure i wasn't expecting. particularly given the album seems on the surface to be thematically in sync with the other albums in terms of that colour thing and all.

charlie h, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:44 (four years ago) Permalink

hmm i think going not metal was always gonna happen. Theyve moved away from their diy punky metal beginnings (and im gonna annoy phil by saying those 2 eps are still the best thing they did again)

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Saying there is no metalness to this whatsoever is not entirely accurate.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:43 (four years ago) Permalink

I'd love to read it but every time I click on it it gets usurped by what looks like the homepage after about two seconds

what the actual fuck

if you are a false nine don't entry (DJ Mencap), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:34 (four years ago) Permalink

you need to update your browser

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

sorry abt that

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Baroness is Faith No More photographed in their underpants (but not the Red Hot Chili Peppers photographed in their underpants)

this is gold

j., Monday, 16 July 2012 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

The deluxe hardbound version of this is gorgeous, next best thing to get if you aren't getting the vinyl.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 22:50 (four years ago) Permalink

"...encore of an Alice in Chain gig, where they endlessly cover Asia and Toto deep cuts."

Would be in the front row for this gig, btw.

was gonna say. would spend more time listening to metal if there were more room for big, cheesy harmonies and strong, clear vocals in the genre. that's what i liked so much about that ghost album from a couple years back. haven't heard the new baroness, but i loved the more accessible stuff on the last one, "steel that sleeps the eye" and like.

contenderizer, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

There's no shortage of cheesy harmonies in most Victory Records/Bamboozle/Hot Topic teenybopper deathcore. It's that Ghost and Baroness are smartypantses too!

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 23:54 (four years ago) Permalink

probly, but i don't know what hot topic teenybopper deathcore to listen to. ideally, it should have a lot of skulls on it.

contenderizer, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 23:57 (four years ago) Permalink

You're in luck

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 23:58 (four years ago) Permalink

I've reviewed shit-tons of Hot Topic teenybopper deathcore for Alternative Press. Lemme go through my clips and find some recommendations for you.

誤訳侮辱, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Totally hate this. Not for failing to to be metal, but for sexless slickness and cornball harmonies. LIke being trapped at the encore of an Alice in Chain gig, where they endlessly cover Asia and Toto deep cuts.

I don't hate Baroness like you do, I just don't really care about them, but this is the sort of hilariously cutting remark Whiney'd love if he hadn't decided Baroness rules

tallarico dreams (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:48 (four years ago) Permalink

"would spend more time listening to metal if there were more room for big, cheesy harmonies and strong, clear vocals in the genre."

!!!!!

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:04 (four years ago) Permalink

!!!!!

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:05 (four years ago) Permalink

for a start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_metal_bands

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:05 (four years ago) Permalink

killer show:

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:10 (four years ago) Permalink

!!!!!

for a start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_metal_bands

― scott seward, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 6:05 PM (42 minutes ago)

i know, i know. i listen to tons of that shit, both new and old. i really meant that i would listen to more of the metal you read about in new wave magazines if it wasn't all cow man mooing noises and giant beards.

contenderizer, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:49 (four years ago) Permalink

though i like that stuff, too, sometimes. thrones!

contenderizer, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:50 (four years ago) Permalink

haha it's the alice-in-chains remark that is thus far preventing me from checking this out

mookieproof, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:52 (four years ago) Permalink

there's actually a pretty big surplus of metal bands with awesome clear vocals & harmonies right now however I think the key thing that metal bands who want to get that non-specialty press nod do is hire non-metal producers: Baroness has been with Congleton since early on, his style's pretty "sure, we'll cover this"-friendly*, and another crossover act, Mastodon, has always been attentive about whether the people they're working with provide them with a bridge to non-specialty press/audiences.

*he's also a very good & capable producer, don't get me wrong, but the chances that a metal band goes into a session w/him & comes out with a straight-up metal album seem slim to me

tallarico dreams (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:03 (four years ago) Permalink

I didn't know until tonight that their singer does all their artwork. And lots of other album art, too, I guess. Love that Nouveau vibe.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't (or didn't) hate Baroness at all. Blue was top ten of the year for me, and The best parts of Red got the apocalyptic feel of Killing Joke into southern prog. But I'm never too keen on harmonies. I don't really hear the 90s alt, except the bits that were filtered through late UK prog like that bee girl song. This record has this brainlessness that makes it the biggest disappointment for me since the Entrance follow up to Prayer of Death.

bendy, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:42 (four years ago) Permalink

They've lost what was odd about them.

bendy, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:56 (four years ago) Permalink

I really want to enjoy these guys, but their production choices are a big distraction that keep me from really getting immersed in the music. I wish they'd bring down those big thuddy drums a bit and crank up the guitars. At least on this one, the drums and guitars sound more like they exist in the same sonic space than they did on Blue.

Moodles, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:05 (four years ago) Permalink

cow man mooing noises and giant beards.

yup

how's life, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:31 (four years ago) Permalink

dude I swear the chorus of march into the sea is identical to something on killjoys, the last mcr album. I don't have it on hand so I can't say which song, but i will try to figure it out later for my own peace of mind.

marc iv, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 17:59 (four years ago) Permalink

"bulletproof heart"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 18:00 (four years ago) Permalink

guys i'm trying to troll whiney here c'mon

Elrond Hubbard (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 19:41 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19267248

Apparently this is the Baroness tour bus. I saw them in Bristol last night, they were incredibly. Hope to fuck everyone's ok.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:11 (four years ago) Permalink

Holy shit. That really sucks.

how's life, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Front page of BBC News website at the moment.

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, story here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-19267414

mod night at the oasis (NickB), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:46 (four years ago) Permalink

crossing fingers. God damn.

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^

contenderizer, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:49 (four years ago) Permalink

fuck i know the tour manager, he's a soundguy at a club in town :(

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:07 (four years ago) Permalink

"One of the pair who suffered multiple fractures was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and the other to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The seven with more minor injuries were taken to the Royal United Hospital (RUH)."

Thankfully it is looking like there are no fatalities. Which is very lucky when you look at the state of the coach.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:44 (four years ago) Permalink

It was a bit weird seeing this on the news. I walked past the coach on Tuesday night and had a good look, next time I see it it's stuck in a tree.

nate woolls, Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:47 (four years ago) Permalink

The seven with more minor injuries were taken to the Royal United Hospital (RUH)."

Nice of Rick Ross to deliver the news.

Fareed Zaireeka (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:08 (four years ago) Permalink

my favorite song on this right now is "Twinkler" ... is that weird?

alpine static, Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:15 (four years ago) Permalink

No fatalities in a fucking tour bus falling 30 feet off a precipice sounds pretty damn fortunate.

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:43 (four years ago) Permalink

my favorite song on this right now is "Twinkler" ... is that weird?

― alpine static, Thursday, August 16, 2012 8:15 AM (34 minutes ago)

not at all! it's this album's "steel that sleeps the eye" (nearly the same vocal, tbh), and "steel" is gorgeous. plus it's track 5. track 5 is always dope.

contenderizer, Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:51 (four years ago) Permalink

The band members of Baroness and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.

John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams has been treated and released from the hospital.

Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.

Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time.

nate woolls, Thursday, 16 August 2012 21:31 (four years ago) Permalink

from Facebook

nate woolls, Thursday, 16 August 2012 21:32 (four years ago) Permalink

just saw that. How serious is vertebral fracture? It does not usually impact the nerves, does it?

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 16 August 2012 21:50 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

There was one moment in the crash that cut me deeply. For one heartbeat and one tiny sliver of time, I became disconnected entirely. It was, specifically, the moment I impacted with the glass. In that barest heartbeat of a moment, I came face to face with the infinite. I didn’t see a light, or the tunnel or hear any music. Nor did I get a “best-of” montage of my life. Instead, I felt the tip of my nose brush up against the very same fate I had accepted moments before. I looked into a cold, unreflective mirror. It was the dark, silent, dispassionate logic of the end. I realized in that moment that life can be seen as a light switch: “on” or “off”. When the moment passed and I heard the screaming, felt the pain, and tasted my own blood, I was overcome with joy. I was ecstatic to be back amidst all that chaos and horror because it was alive and real.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 16:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Very powerful.

Nickelback of folk (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Tuesday, 2 October 2012 17:01 (three years ago) Permalink

His injuries sound horrific.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 17:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Holy shit at that.

I love this album more today than I did when I started this thread and can't wait for these guys to get back on the road and play somewhere near me. I'll be there.

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 17:40 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I can confirm that I really really like this record!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 14 December 2012 23:31 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah, has worn well

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Saturday, 15 December 2012 01:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I couldn't really get into it, should give it another go.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Favorite 3:
Yellow Theme
Crown and Anchor
Strechmarker

calstars, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:09 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Reminder: This album is awesome.

alpine static, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 18:01 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Finally got into this after a couple of years of not being able to get over the yarliness of the vocals. But damn these are some well-crafted songs.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 25 April 2014 15:31 (two years ago) Permalink

couple of years

Ha, it hasn't even been out for a couple of years.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 25 April 2014 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

it's been out a year and nine months ... i think that's close enough to say what you said

alpine static, Friday, 25 April 2014 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

i was listening to a lil eula, like, this morning i think

markers, Friday, 25 April 2014 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Back Where I Belong is my favourite.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 25 April 2014 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Listened to this just this past week for the first time in over a year. Great record.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 27 April 2014 18:26 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Straight up love it now. Listened twice today already.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Great record.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 16 October 2014 16:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Theory: Baroness would be bigger than Mastodon right now if their bus hadn't crashed a month after Yellow & Green was released.

alpine static, Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink

They've still got time to be bigger than Mastodon, I reckon they might be after the next album (they're poppier!).

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 17 October 2014 09:31 (one year ago) Permalink

mastodon has kind of sunk into a rut of "consistently-decent-sometimes-really-good-but-not-really-extraordinary-anymore" so baroness's time would be now.

slothroprhymes, Friday, 17 October 2014 19:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Theory: Baroness would be bigger than Mastodon right now if their bus hadn't crashed a month after Yellow & Green was released.

I kinda agree with this, but in the world we actually live in, I feel like their moment has passed. The crash cost them a ton of momentum, plus they've had so many lineup changes over the years that now it really is just John Baizley and some sidemen; "band identity" has been lost (as represented by the tracks on Y&G that clearly feature drum machines).

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 17 October 2014 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Purple out 12/18. Advance track agreeably Skynyrd-meets-Pumpkins imo

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 28 August 2015 16:35 (one year ago) Permalink

god part of that sounds like weezer

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 August 2015 16:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I can never get into this band, but as long as their album covers continue with the theme of naked women continue to cuddling with sea creatures and murdering birds, they are alright by me.

how's life, Friday, 28 August 2015 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Not sure I'm particularly into this one.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 4 December 2015 14:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

Best New Music via pfork

how's life, Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

hey i think i love this record. surprising bc i was pretty indifferent to yellow and green. sorta sounds like thrice crosspollinated with qotsa

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 December 2015 22:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

i revisited yellow and green and this is way better than yellow and green imo

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 18 December 2015 06:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

Their new drummer is very...demonstrative

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 18 December 2015 07:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Listened to this yesterday, and again this morning. I'm liking it a lot more than I did when I streamed half the promo a month or so ago. There are a couple of moments that are blatantly stolen from other bands - there's one riff that's pure Mastodon, and another that's total 70s Pink Floyd - but they're not the main riffs of songs, they just pop up for a second and then disappear again, which is weird and kinda great.

I thought it was interesting that they streamed one track from the album on each of 10 different websites this week - felt bad for Rolling Stone Australia, who got to premiere the 17-second funny-voice outro.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 18 December 2015 13:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

the chord progression in the chorus of "shock me" is just catnip for me, the way it never stops moving

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 18 December 2015 15:33 (nine months ago) Permalink


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