Listen to Baronessâ€™ three albums â€“ Red Album, Blue Record, and the most recent double-album release, Yellow & Green â€“ in succession, and the trajectory of the Savannah, Georgia, metal crew is clear. With each release, they have sharpened their compositions, wrangling in the sprawling prog of the firstÂ release and shapingÂ into the succinct blasts of heady rock and roll that shine across the most recent collectionâ€™s 18 tracks.
Sonically diverse, Yellow & Green plays out like two separate releases, each introduced with its own â€œtheme.â€ Yellow reflects punchy, concise metal-influenced rockers interwoven with dreamy instrumentation. â€œLittle Things,â€ â€œCocainium,â€ and â€œEulaâ€ demonstrate an expanded sonic palette from which the quartet paints detail. Thematically, Green is more spacious, breathing with a levity and unfurling with a more abstract perspective onÂ â€œMtns. (The Crown & Anchor),â€ â€œStretchmarker,â€ and the album closing â€œIf I Forget Thee, Lowcountry.â€
Baroness have created a double-album that packs more note-for-note impact than previous releases; however, the sheer length of the album dilutes the power. Nonetheless, Yellow & Green is their watershed moment, one that is sure to expand Baroness’ notoriety beyond the prog metal circles that have nurtured them until this point.
Yellow & Green is out now on Relapse Records.