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Purple Noon

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Purple Noon

Fourth album of ambient synth-driven indie pop from Georgia-based producer Ernest Greene

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  1. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Inspired by another place in another time, Purple Noon is a transformative piece of work
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  2. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Washed Out's Purple Noon makes an argument against cynicism simply by existing and sounding as good as it does
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  3. 7.0 |   Clash

    While the album might not be as strong as his previous releases, we’re starting to see the real Greene which far more rewarding. Now we can see you. Don’t go
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  4. 7.0 |   DIY

    A glacial melt of shimmering beauty, asking for attention and rewarding it with a kind of zen
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  5. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Purple Noon is filled with Greene’s confident, fuller sound. It’s one big step up for Washed Out
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  6. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Given that the chillwave craze only lasted a year or two, this is another solid outing from an artist who has turned a flash-in-the-pan trend into a deep discography
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  7. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Purple Noon is actually a pretty good rebound record. It feels like a relaxing trip home after a sporadic vacation turned bad
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  8. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Musically it turns out to be blissful business as usual for Ernest Greene on his fourth album under the Washed Out moniker
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  9. 6.0 |   All Music

    After releasing a couple albums that showed the Washed Out sound could be altered in interesting ways, coming back with something that's textbook chillwave can't help but be a letdown, no matter how pretty and soothing it can be
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  10. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Purple Noon finds Washed Out centring around more of the same with little else to say
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  11. 6.0 |   The Observer

    He’s a master of mood and melody, but a more pop-facing Ernest Greene needs to let rip a little
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Strong mastery of mood and era, but the overcast ennui palls before the album's close. Print edition only

  13. 5.8 |   Pitchfork

    Ernest Greene floats back into the slipstream with an album of innocuous, Balearic-influenced makeout jams that sound lush but are mostly empty on the inside
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  14. 5.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Ernest Greene's 5th LP is undeniably lush, but it pales in comparison to his best work
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  15. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Interest soon wears thin when you realise you’ve heard this kind of radiant Balearic chatter so many, many times before
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  16. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    It all washes over you like a breeze

  17. 4.0 |   NME

    It quickly grows dreary when there’s not a knowing smirk to match the intensity.
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  18. 3.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Greene has painted himself into an aesthetic corner with the Washed Out moniker, unable to grow and expand in any meaningful way
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