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Secret Name

LowAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kranky
  • ASIN: B00000IAD0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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1. I Remember
2. Starfire
3. Two-Step
4. Weight Of Water
5. Missouri
6. Don't Understand
7. Soon
8. Immune
9. Lion/Lamb
10. Days Of...
11. Will The Night
12. Home

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low's Masterpiece May 28, 2003
By Lee L.
Format:Audio CD
In the progression of Low albums, this record marks a significant change for the Duluth trio. Their first three full lengths, while all filled with wonderful songs, sound quite similar. On Secret Name, Low switches to Kranky as their label, and Albini as their producer. The results are incredible. This is Low coming into their own. This album shows incredible growth and a very noticable improvement in song writing and sound experimentation. They've kept living up to expectations whith their later records in my mind, but this album marks the change and it will stick with you.
I won't go into great details about each song, but this record has the highest concentration of classic Low songs of all their releases. I have yet to meet a fan that doesn't put at least three songs from Secret Name in their top-five favorite Low song list. The progression of Two-Step, Weight of Water, Missouri (sung misery), and Don't Understand is almost too much to take. Beautiful vocal harmonies and some of the most simple, but moving melodies that I've heard in a long time make up these songs.
Low always gets described as a sad sounding band, and this record is the best reason for this. However, I would disagree with this label. Low aren't for sad depressed people, they're for people with longer than average attention spans who like to sit and reflect. People that want tangible substance in their music. If you're one of these people, Low won't make you feel sad. They'll make you feel better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy. Anyone could have done it. September 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Unreal. This band is getting the beautiful sound bands have struggled to obtain by spending more and more money in the studio, hiring orchestras, and getting the best producers. Difference is, Low is just laying out some tracks. This album sounds like it was recorded in a few hours. But it is so beautiful I can't put it away. Great music if you like to listen to slow stuff. If you don't maybe you should.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret treasure August 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Low since "Long Division." This album harks back to their earlier work -- almost baroque compared to the nakedness of some tracks from "Songs for a Dead Pilot." Particularly mesmerising is "Two Step" and "Weight of Water" -- reminiscent of listening to my mom vacuum on a rainy day, with Carole King playing on the stereo.(and I mean that in a good way.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful from start to finish! January 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I don't think I'll ever understand all the hype surrounding Low's Things We Lost In The Fire. While it's a solid release, for my money, this album beats it in every possible way. This is without a doubt my favorite Low album, the perfect bridge between the minimalism of their early releases and the experimentation they've done since then.

Strings, tympani, and piano have been added to their signature guitar-bass-minimal drums trio sound, and they perfectly color every wonderful song. A few experiments with sampling ("I Remember" and "I Don't Understand") also work out pretty well. But moreso than the sounds, it's the songs themselves that make Secret Name so good. "Starfire" may be slow and low key, but it's as good of a pop song as they've ever written. "Weight Of Water" and "Missouri" showcase their religious beliefs without ever feeling preachy. "Will The Night" and "Home" perfectly close an album full of beautiful guitar tones and gorgeous harmonies. But as far as I'm concerned, the real treat here is "Two-step," which might just be the best song they've ever recorded. The voices of Alan (guitar) and his wife Mimi (drums) perfectly compliment each other on this stunning song that is worth the price of the CD by itself.

Low have fast (how ironic) become one of my favorite bands, and they have a number of amazing albums. But if you only own one CD of theirs (which I think would be a tragic mistake), you would be wise to make it Secret Name.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same April 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On this new release, Low do not deviate from their well-rehersed formula for making music. The pondering and melodic basslines, lazily strummed guitar, and the gentle taps of a cymbal and snare drum once again combine for some special moments. Add to that the soft, pretty voices of Al and Mimi, and their at times cryptic, at others obvious lyrics and what results are some wonderful songs. Low have added some keyboards and strings to several songs, and additionally "Soon" is played on an acoustic guitar. These additions are welcome, and prevent the band's formula from wearing thin after five years. I interviewed Low for my fanzine about four years ago, and wrote that their music was perfectly suited for those cold, snowy winter days when you are walking through the woods and all you can here is the sound of snow scrunching up underneather your boots. Their music did, and still does conjure up visions of isolation and solitude. Low, however, are able to tap into the beauty of those times and feelings, and that is their real strength.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Dark Refreshment July 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First heard Low's "I can't remember" off the album "Secret Name" on John Peels (Radio 1) show. Attracted by the first track of the Album, hooked by the others, from the heavenly vocals of "Two Step" to the heart piercing melodies of the violin played in "Will The Night". Havent listened to any of thier other albums but, hopefully they will live up to my ideals. This is that album that your brain has been searching for on those long "come downs", a little break from all that dance music and a real gem BUY IT !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best out there.
A very damn fine low record. Minimalism at its finest. I can't think of anything wrong with this one other than it might get too light and emotional for some. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Crank
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Low Album
This is a great introduction to the band Low. Recorded by Steve Albini, Secret Name captures the band's natural warm sound without relying on too much reverb (as opposed to the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Matthew R. Askren
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Low is a band with (prior to The Great Destroyer) a specific sound and M.O. If you didn't like them before, than you are not going to like them now. Read more
Published on December 4, 2005 by Atom jack
4.0 out of 5 stars mood music
slowcore darlings, Low have always been a special kind of band with a unique, although limited appeal. Read more
Published on October 30, 2005 by J. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Lush silence.
Low continued to grow its' indie fan base with the beautiful SECRET NAME, released in 1999. This album continues their wonderful explorations of sound and silence-often more of the... Read more
Published on November 12, 2002 by Andy Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars shredder, charge the capacitors! we're going in.
what i like most about low is the atmosphere they create and the mood they put me in. this is actually one of my favourite ever albumns. Read more
Published on October 30, 2000 by sammy
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow
It is snowing outside and this stupid city is for once silent.
This is a Low moment.
The vocals of Mimi Parker and Alan Spearhawk are drifting around. Read more
Published on January 22, 2000 by PJFC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Low expands a little on the basic formula, adding a lot of hooks to some great pop tunes. About half the songs are essential listening. The other half are merely vintage Low.
Published on July 21, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant gem in the discography of Low
This album is superb. Low understands things about emotion, intensity and true heaviness that most of today's next-big-things could only wish to grasp in the most superfluous way. Read more
Published on July 19, 1999
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