our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
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formation in 1994, Low have been regarded as anything but a "rocking"
rock band. After a series of so-so albums, 2001 found them releasing
Things We Lost in the Fire to much critical acclaim.
They've since become the
band synonymous with slowcore rock, and they've become heralded
for their inventive use of harmonies and dynamics.
Their latest release, the succintly labeled
Trust, finds these Duluth-natives picking up pretty much
where Things We Lost in the Fire left off, only this
time they've gone for a more somber lyrical vibe. The minimalist
drones of "John Prine" and "In the Drugs"
are among the most dirge-like songs the band has ever produced.
Yet, they still display the band's penchant for superb sonic manipulation.
What's most surprising with Trust
is the rocking feel of "Canada." It's by far the most
traditional rock song the band has ever put down to tape, and
almost feels out of place on a Low album. This is Low,
however, and as rocking as "Canada" gets, it's still
slowcore; and one of the most interesting and satisfying trips
Other superb snippets of satisfaction
come under as "Last Snowstorm of the Year" (it's surprisingly
upbeat in feel), and the folky campiness of "La La Song"
is an utter delight, and at times eerily reminscient of the hippy-drone
of the late Mazzy Star.
Elsewhere, you'll be hard-pressed to
find anything less than satisfactory. Years of practice have been
kind to Low, and although they hit their highest mark with Things
We Lost in the Fire, Trust is a fittingly remarkable
30-Dec-2002 6:12 PM
(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace
3. Candy Girl
4. Time Is the Diamond
7. In the Drugs
8. Last Snowstorm of the Year
9. John Prine
10. Little Argument With Myself
11. la la Song
12. Point of Disgust
13. Shots and Ladders