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Blue Record announces the re-awakening of Savannah s rock giants BARONESS. The follow-up to 2007 s Red Album, Blue Record is an instantly-classic album, with all the peaks and valleys, textures, and nuances that timeless records yield over repeated listens. Deep and dark; Blue Record overflows with gossamer melodies and striking, earnest riffs that have become the band s signature. Swollen and Halo , Jake Leg , War, Wisdom, and Rhyme , The Sweetest Curse , are just a few of the tracks that are both instant and unforgettable, making Blue Record the most poignant moment in the BARONESS canon to date.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.56 x 4.94 x 0.38 inches; 3.36 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Relapse
- Item model number : 5818629
- Original Release Date : 2009
- Date First Available : August 26, 2009
- Label : Relapse
- ASIN : B002LVS4WM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,685 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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"Blue" is the album that bridges the heaviness of "Red", their toughest album, and the debut, with what would later evolve on "Yellow and Green" and "Purple". John Baizley is a great songwriter and vocalist, showing a penchant for a good melody and hook amidst the heavy rock and roll, and at a few times you can hear the influences of past great rock bands that could rock and still write good songs. So Baroness would definitely appeal to Mastodon fans, "The Hunter" in particular, Clutch or The Sword.
This album was their second, and shows us they were only going to get even better. We get the hint of some of the more mellow tunes that would make "Yellow and Green" the masterpiece it is, and without "Blue", the newest album "Purple" would not have been possible. As usual, I don't break the tracks down, preferring to listen to albums as a whole. For those who think current heavy bands can't play like the old classic bands of the '70's, where far too many rock fans' interest ends in a screeching halt, Baroness proves them wrong. Dead wrong. Get all four CD's. They're that good.
A true gem, any hard rock listener should own this album whether or not your a fan of any of the other previously mentioned genres. It only gets better with each listen.
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Baroness's sound is very difficult to pigeohole. At times, they sound a little like Mastodon's first couple of albums and at other times a can kind Thin Lizzy-on steroids, glorious guitar harmonies carried by an ominous and heavy downtuned rhythm section, lead single 'A Horse Called Golgotha' aptly demonstrated the band's range in a mere 5 minutes of superb and unusual riffery.
Another aspect of Baroness' sound is their mellow and acoustic tunes, something they would use more of on the next album 'Yellow and Green.' 'Steel That Sleeps the Eye' is a strong example of the band's sense of melody and depth, and the main chorus line to this song carries on to the following track 'Swollen and Halo' but this time, over a distressed sounding electric guitar riff.
There are also 2 or 3 short instrumental tracks as well, such as the oddly-titled (another trademark of the band) 'Ogeechee Hymnal' - yeah, no idea what that is either...
Despite their complexity and obvious intelligence both musically and intellectually, the band do not come across as too complex to understand and you can easily find yourself humming along to the songs even though you probably have very little idea what the words are and what the song's subject is.
Baroness can seemingly do no wrong in the studio. This sophomore effort may well be their best, but is just about bested by the superb 'Yellow and Green' in my opinion anyway. If you're a fan of the band you MUST have this album