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The band's seventh full-length album, The Great Destroyer is fascinating in that it blends the band's austere melodies ("On the Edge Of," "Silver Rider") with an aggressive guitar onslaught ("Monkey," "Everybody's Song") and even melds Low's varied styles together into a single song ("When I Go Deaf"). Co-produced by Low and David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), The Great Destroyer is a welcome surprise and, in the end, a rock n' roll revelation.
On their seventh album, the Duluth, Minnesota-based trio Low have sped their songs up considerably so that now, theyre at normal pace. The album was cleverly produced by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, the Flaming Lips, Wheat), and there are many fine songs here, like the upbeat anthem "California," the soundtrack-ish dirge "Pissing" and the gorgeous "Cue The Strings." Low has yet to make a bad album, but this is what you might call a "transitional" album. And speaking of transitions, there seems to be little glue to link these varied songs together. "Step" sounds like a song the Partridge Family threw away, while "Everybodys Song" shows that when you speed up repetitive dynamics that worked well at a glacial pace its not always such a good thing. Tempo isnt everything by any means, but the self-imposed limitations of their former working methods, which produced such striking songs before, has yet to be replaced by an approach of equal value. At times, they dont even sound like Low, but rather just another indie-pop band--not a bad one by any means, but not a sublime one either. Itll be very interesting to see where they go next. --Mike McGonigalSee all Editorial Reviews
|3. Everybody's Song|
|4. Silver Rider|
|5. Just Stand Back|
|6. On The Edge Of|
|7. Cue The Strings|
|9. When I Go Deaf|
|10. Broadway (So Many People)|
|12. Death of a Salesman|
|13. Walk Into The Sea|
Don't know how I missed this in 2004. Was mesmerized by use of Silver Rider in recent season finale of Rectify. Truly enjoy all other cuts as well.Published 6 months ago by Bruce Clark
I love these sort of finds which rarely happen in the internet age. I was listening to recent interview by Robert Plant, who was asked what would be his one album to take to a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ted Saad
I only own two Low lps. This one made me sit up and listen! I feel I need to start with my ratings...
Content.... 5+ stars
Sonics... 3. Read more
Low being Low the way only Low can be.
11 more words are required: Blishtent flowboe ariodontites. Without a doubt.
This is another excellent album by Low. They must be one of the most important but underrated bands currently around. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Marlois
This disc was mastered at such unbelievable volume that the music is nearly ruined by constant distortion. (See "Loudness war" on Wikipedia for more info. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by P. Couture
I CAN live in hope. This record is absolutely gorgeous. It IS! Better than the previous record. It's becoming one of my fave LOW records. They took a lot of risks and it works. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Hank
...and although much has been made of Low's "change" in sound, not much has changed at all (and that's a GOOD thing). Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by Lams712
We always knew Low could rock, below the delicate icy surfaces boiled unknown orchestrations and a full rhythm section. Read morePublished on August 4, 2007 by Stargrazer