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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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]
  2. 100
    To say this album is epic would be an understatement; it’s a work of art in the truest sense.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2019
    80
    Stellar fifth album is a determined attempt to push back the genre's long-established boundaries, folding in everything from glitchy electronica and lysergic Americana to gnarled pop into their full-frontal noise. [Aug 2019, p.108]
  6. 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.
  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: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    Great album. Could be their best. When I was done listening to it I started it again from the beginning.
  2. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    Really consistent and enjoyable. They have a great ear for melody and it all just fits together very well.
  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. Jul 26, 2019
    7
    This is an album that could've been truly amazing if it had a better mix. The production can get truly messy and even clip in the mix to makeThis is an album that could've been truly amazing if it had a better mix. The production can get truly messy and even clip in the mix to make some of these songs enjoyable. Despite that, the band can still play like crazy and there are some songs that could even match what they delivered on "Purple". I just wish the production was better... Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2019
    5
    A really great album that is completely undermined by a distractingly terrible mix. I am a huge Baroness fan, and think John Dyer Baizley isA really great album that is completely undermined by a distractingly terrible mix. I am a huge Baroness fan, and think John Dyer Baizley is one of the most all around talented humans on the planet. The songwriting on this album is for me without question their best since Blue Album, and it pulls off the genre hopping they first really attempted on Yellow & Green much more effectively than ever before. In the hands of a different production team, I think it could've been their masterpiece. But man oh man, it is so unsatisfying hearing every section that should be a triumph end up a thin, muddy, over-distorted mess. Every component of the louder tracks is compressed to the point that all of the life is sucked out of the recordings. Purple had the same issues, and I can only assume that Fridmann, who has produced a bunch of great stuff for other groups, is behind them. I understand the production style was an artistic choice he and the band agreed on, but to my ears it's an objectively bad one. Baizley has said this is the last of their color themed albums, and I can only hope that it's also the last record they'll choose to have Fridmann produce; the songs they're making deserve better than to be sabotaged by such confoundingly terrible mixing. 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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