I picked it up, and I've only listened to the Yellow side so far. At first brush, I was thinking it was complete garbage. The last two songs on the disk sort of redeemed it for me: "Sea Lungs" being dead-on Muse and "Eula" sounding very Thrice, but both solid songs that actually stood out. There are a couple real duds... "Little Things" and "Cocainium" had me laughing out loud. I can see where they were going with that stuff...it has a dull, late 70s, Steely Dan kind of feel. Brick wall though. The other tracks had moments..."Take My Bones" seems too long and doesn't go anywhere interesting...but it's not terrible either.
I think that's my main complaint...I was in my head comparing this album to Muse here or Thrice or Brazil there, kind of new jack post prog punk pop or pop prog sort of stuff, which is fine, it could have really gone somewhere. And I hate reading an interview with these guys and bagging on their stuff, knowing it's bumming people out and they are thinking I'm just some envious prick. But listening to the arrangements and the songwriting of those other bands who have the same kind of sound Baroness seems to be going for and the same thematic grandeur, I feel almost pissed off that people would prefer this comparatively dull material to superior albums by other bands just by virtue of it being Baroness and the idea that they are "evolving".
I don't know. Every time I write what I'm really thinking, I feel like I shouldn't have fucking said anything at all. I just am looking for a bit more. Torche gave it to me. Their album sounded exciting and eclectic without being heavy for the sake of heavy. Did I want that from Baroness after all the seven page interviews? Yes. Shoot me.
It's just like, my opinion, man. And I haven't listened to the other disk yet, so who knows. Thrill me, Baroness. Thrill me.
"5 feet away look up to a 9 footer with shoulders as wide as your dashboard and see if you care how progressives are telling you how to think." -Dong, on bigfoot and politics.