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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pretty good but way too much filler.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 9 July 2012 12:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

metal album of the year, fuck the haters

calum-y maybe (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 9 July 2012 12:55 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

metal album of the year, fuck the purists

calum-y maybe (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:32 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

would rather hear Toto cover Got Me Wrong

t. s. idiot (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:49 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Monday, 9 July 2012 15:39 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's all very alt rock radio.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 July 2012 22:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's what's killing me.

bendy, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:30 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

you need to update your browser

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry abt that

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:35 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

You're in luck

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 23:58 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

!!!!!

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

for a start:

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

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

killer show:

scott seward, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:10 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

contenderizer, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:50 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

They've lost what was odd about them.

bendy, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:56 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

cow man mooing noises and giant beards.

yup

how's life, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:31 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

"bulletproof heart"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

CAN'T FORGET THE TASTE OF MY OWN TONGUE

markers, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tastes like chicken iirc

ledge, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

na but I do <3 eula.

ledge, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

green is more varied than yellow, but the songwriting isn't anywhere near as strong, overall, imo. and i like the more elaborate production and arrangements on yellow.

contenderizer, Friday, 27 July 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

you know what's kind of a better overblown arty proggy mainstream hard rock record than this? the new smashing pumpkins

Elrond Hubbard (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

ugh no. the Pumpkins record *sounds* better than they have in a while but the songs just aren't there.

Simon H., Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saw someone with a Baroness tshirt on today.
Well, bye.

Quickly, take hold of my hand, asshole! (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

contenderizer, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

tons of kids coming into the shop w/baroness shirts, but i think thats thx to them opening for meshuggah recently

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, even as a Pumpkins stan and someone who enjoys Oceania much more than I expected too, there is no way it is better than Yellow & Green.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 19:35 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Holy shit. That really sucks.

how's life, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Front page of BBC News website at the moment.

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

crossing fingers. God damn.

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^

contenderizer, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:49 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:15 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

from Facebook

nate woolls, Thursday, 16 August 2012 21:32 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Very powerful.

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

His injuries sound horrific.

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

2 months pass...

I can confirm that I really really like this record!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 14 December 2012 23:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah, has worn well

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Saturday, 15 December 2012 01:41 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

Favorite 3:
Yellow Theme
Crown and Anchor
Strechmarker

calstars, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Reminder: This album is awesome.

alpine static, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 18:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

8 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago) Permalink

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

markers, Friday, 25 April 2014 15:41 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago) Permalink

5 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 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Great record.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 16 October 2014 16:04 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week ago) Permalink


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