BY: JAMES D.
Only Baroness can take what Baroness does best and make it even better.
With the double LP Yellow & Green, they have crafted their most dynamic
album to date. Each color in their back catalogue feels unique, and this is no
different. Both Yellow and Green have distinct sounds to them. Yellow is the
heavier effort, but flows from the chorus driven Take My Bones Away to the
pounding toms of March to the Sea, and even through patches of delayed-
out shoegaze with Twinkler and keyboard sections in Cocainium. Mostly all
of the tracks have great fuzzed out wah solos and plenty of sludgy riffs. Green
is different from Yellow, bringing the standard Baroness sludge riffs, beautiful
finger picking sections, and vocal melodies, but broadening the sound with
lots of effects. Some of the tracks get softer and even bluegrassy, such as
Stretchmarker and If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry. This color has a much more
melancholy sound to it, prevalent in songs like Collapse, Foolsong, and Mtns.
(The Crown & Anchor), which almost remind me of a sludgier Thrice. Both
these discs together create one of the best albums of 2012, and a fantastic
addition to an already great back catalogue of colors, fleshing it out to now
contain all the basics: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green.