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Things We Lost In the Fire

LowAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 2, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kranky
  • ASIN: B000058DX3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunflower
2. Whitetail
3. Dinosaur Act
4. Medicine Magazine
5. Laser Beam
6. July
7. Embrace
8. Whore
9. Kind Of Girl
10. Like A Forest
11. Closer
12. Untitled
13. In Metal

Editorial Reviews

"Pah-rum-a-pum-pum!" Yes, that was Low that provided the soundtrack for a Christmas Gap commercial. With a slowed-down version of "The Little Drummer Boy," the stark-sounding Minnesota trio subtly marched into the aural lexicon of pop culture. Low's fifth full-length release, Things We Lost in the Fire, is an appropriate follow-up to their auspicious television debut. The Minnesota trio's stark sound has evolved--ever so slightly--since their 1994 debut, I Could Live in Hope. Tracking their career is like surveying the changes in a river's course--progress is perceptible, but just barely. Still, while modesty and restraint are key fundamentals for Low, Fire is full of grace and revelations. While earlier efforts lacked in contrast, "Dinosaur Act" and "Like a Forest" build and swell like thunderstorms coming over the horizon. Drummer Mimi Parker's vocals on "Embrace" are particularly evocative of the trio's evolution; achingly vulnerable, she lulls the listener with a promise of sanctuary before "crushing your skull with my warming embrace." What a glorious way to go. --Andria Lisle

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars once again February 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For those of you anxiously awaiting another stunner from Low, here it is. Another beautiful release filled with soaring harmonies and pulsing basslines. This album is not so dreamy as some of the past, like Secret Name, nor as stripped down as Songs For a Dead Pilot. It travels up and down hills of musical introspection and celebration. Emotional tracks like Dinosaur Act pick up the pace, volume, and intensity, and the added strings and trumpet round out Low's amazing sound while still leaving it spare and clean. Other stand-out tracks, Sunflowers, Medicine Magazines, and In Metal inject Low trademark combinations of seamlessly meshed harmonies and inspired melodies with lyrics winding around the dark sides of life. The combination of Zak Sally's heartbeat bass, Mimi Parker's clean rhythms and crystal tones, and Alan Sparhawk's heart-breaking vocals and guitar lines never fails to move and inspire me. Whether you're a diehard or a new fan of Low, Things We Lost is sure to occupy a sweet spot in your soul for a long time to come. If you have any opportunity to see Low live, do yourself the favor and get there. Seeing and hearing them work their magic in person was worth their whole catalogue to me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime March 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My first Low record. I fell in love in the first spin. I now well understand why they've earned such a rabid cult following. Almost impossibly delicate music that pads from one beautifully drawn moment to the next.
If you dug the quiet introspection of the last Yo la Tengo record, you'll fall for this like I did.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically Perfect in Every Way August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What a lovely album, from the beginning strains of cello to the very last hushed tones. Low has even begun to express a sense of wonder and, gasp, happiness. Rest assured that they will still keep you company on rainy days when it's all gone wrong and even the brighter moments are tinged with melancholy.
People who have difficulty with subtlety (Mogwai, whom I like, seems to have quiet moments only to make the loud moments louder...) or well-considered composition will be confused. This is not (bad) music intent on proving itself. This is not a post-rock ensemble of artistes intent on embodying "cool."
Those who want the dark, unrelenting tones of "Long Division" will likewise be disappointed, although I think a few listens may win them over. I would ask that anyone listening to a Low album give it a couple of listens over a length of time. I usually immediately dislike a new Low album ("This doesn't sound like Secret Name...") until it begins to sink in and I begin to grasp then crave the turns of phrase or lilt of voice or la la la.
Low is not a schtick and with every album they evolve, mature, try new things, and expand their expressive vocabulary. The new album, "Truth," is coming out in late September and when I heard the MP3's on the Kranky website, little one minute samples, I thought, "This is terrible, this isn't 'Things We Lost in the Fire' or 'Secret Name' or 'The Curtain Hits the Cast'" But now I find myself humming the samples, listening to them in anticipation.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (s)low August 19, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Alright, look here: Low's music is slow. It always has been, and since they've put out 6 or so albums with little change, it always will be. People who do not have the attention span to listen to rock music at a non-radio-friendly pace need to QUIT REVIEWING IT AND COMPLAINING ABOUT IT BEING TOO SLOW. This is Low's most conventional album thus far, in that their sound has become fuller due to richer arrangements and increased instrumentation, and the compositions build and crescendo in ways they previously would have avoided. It is consistently beautiful; the darkness of "The Curtain Hits the Cast" and "Dead Pilot" have been tempered by more consistent (albeit still very muted) doses of sweetness and light. This is not as slow as Music for Airports, or as droning as Tony Conrad, or as dark as much of the Cure's earlier albums. If you like music like the aformentioned, or maybe a prettier Joy Division, then give this a try; otherwise, be warned, please.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know how Low manages to keep topping themselves, but they do. When "The Curtain Hits the Cast" came out, I thought it was the all-time best slow-core album I'd ever heard until they released "Secret Name", and then I thought for sure they'd hit their peak. With the exception of the monotonous, 7-min. song, "don't understand" on that one, it was near-perfect, impossible to beat. But, after my umpteenth listen to "Things We Lost in the Fire", I find that, once again, Low has exceeded my expectations. With a couple exceptions (the pulsing "dinosaur act" and the all-too-short, epic "like a forest") this cd is even more reserved and subtly hypnotic then their previous efforts, but, like most of their work, this subtlety in no way lacks power or depth. Low is such a great band, because they attack you on a peripheral level and force you to be an active listener, to concentrate on every significant change in the music from song to song--and when a new instrument starts up, or there's an unexpected chord change, it really grabs you. Mimi's songs are simply beautiful on this cd -- particularly "laser beam" and "embrace" -- her vocals are like a tremulous cry in a dark room. But the highlight of the cd is the joint singing b/w she and Alan Sparhawk on "closer" -- a beautiful, amazing song. Low is not for everyone, but if you're a slow-core fan, you should own this cd. Low will never top this one (I keep saying that so they'll continue to prove me wrong.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Group
Bought this for my son since he is a real fan of Low. However, since we had it, I listened to it and really enjoyed it. Now I am a fan of Low as well.
Published on May 26, 2012 by grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Just discovered Low. Wow, were have I been? Great stuff
I just stumbled upon Low in the last few months. I heard a couple of cuts on some compilation albums and really dig what I call "down folk. Read more
Published on October 24, 2011 by Terrence Shulman
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Smith would be proud.
'Things We Lost In The Fire'by Low is definetely one of the best albums released over the past twenty years. Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by Marlois
4.0 out of 5 stars Low's high
4 1/2

An undeniably consistent, mid-term artistic triumph for the minimally rocking trio who have spent a career concentrating on deceptively simple, heartbreaking... Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow is the new fast
This is a breath taking album. I literally have to make sure that I keep breathing...Not really.

When I first heard Low it didnt click with me all too well. Read more
Published on January 10, 2007 by D. Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful album filled with gorgeous, subtle music
I've become a fan of Low rather late in their career. About a year and a half ago I heard THE GREAT DESTROYER and was blown away by it, picking it up instantly. Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by Robert Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction to the world of "slo-core"
I just started listening to Low, and wish I had heard of them sooner. Some people call the music depressing or cold, while others find it pensive or minimalist. Read more
Published on February 8, 2006 by Niven
5.0 out of 5 stars sure to be a classic
i've never really been a low fan; they always seemed too... boring.
but this album is veering dangerously on perfect. Read more
Published on March 14, 2004 by "abraxxas"
4.0 out of 5 stars a spooked hubley and kaplan
I don't know, maybe it's narrow to say that `Things We Lost In The Fire` is the murky, the arcane, backwoodsian cousin to Yo La Tengo when the latter skip noise for sweet,... Read more
Published on April 26, 2003 by Stanley B.
5.0 out of 5 stars not as good as ida, but it carries
the only thing nicer than this, in the field of "slowcore", is Ida's "i know about you".... Read more
Published on January 12, 2003 by "futurewave"
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