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“While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It’s a great place—a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It’s cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks ... Read more in Amazon's Low Store

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  • Vinyl (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0006IY5H0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This may be an attempt by Low to shrug off the ridiculous 'slowcore' tag they've been labelled with, or it may simply be that someone's decided it would be funny to spike Low's tea with amphetamines. Either way, The Great Destroyer is the result, and it's the best album you'll likely hear in 2005. Gone are the funereal, pin-drop arrangements of "Trust"; instead we have lush dense songs filled with keyboard drones, apocalyptic drums and squelchy fuzz bass -and that's only the first track.

Dave Fridmann's trademark production will no doubt leave some fans wondering if this is the same band they've loved, but they needn't worry- as always, the rough/ smooth combination of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker's vocals provide the focus of the band, sounding as warm and lush as anything on the chorus of the single "California", and totally heartbreaking on the poignant high point of "When I Go Deaf" and "Broadway"- a perfect counterpoint to the music that in lesser hand would sound overwrought. Although there are epic moments for those who prefer Low's soundscape past, an added dash of Flaming Lips style-magic on every song will be welcomed by nearly all. An essential purchase for everyone. Thom Allott

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marlois on 3 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is another excellent album by Low. They must be one of the most important but underrated bands currently around. With each new listening to this album, more beauty is revealed. The melodies are so intricate that it almost brings tears to the eyes. I find their music deeply spiritual and moving.
Although some reviewers might say each Low album basically sounds too similar, I find that they are experimenting and progressing with each new disk: except 'Things We Lost In The Fire' which is sheer perfection.
It's marvellous that they can still retain their inner core of beautiful harmonies even though their music on 'The Great Destroyer' is more up-tempo.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G on 22 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes i wish some of my favorite bands would do something unexpected, but often don't. Beck's 2002 album 'sea change' was one of those albums that was welcomed with open arms by me as it showed yet another side to beck breaking his unpredictable mould yet again.
So, i'm there late at night last summer listening to 'sunflower' and 'dinosaur act' from 2001 things we lost in the fire thinking that it would be great if low did an album full of these huge sounding tracks - just for a change, a one off, just to see, you know, what happens.
Here it is, and it's like low on steroids. I'm sure some fans will feel ostracized slightly, not quite sure what the hell is going on after an hour of this epic. They really shouldn't, ok it's louder, but the trademarks are there and to me it sounds like a natural next step after their last, 'trust'. In the sometimes bitter noise the perfect (really!) harmonies linger again and again. by low's standards the production is adventurous at times but won't offend anyone as it stays uncomplicated and to the point ensuring that the great destroyer sounds focused and real. Theres quiet moments too, quite a few scattered among the 13 tracks keeping everyone happy.
A one off or the shape of things to come? i think i'm happy either way
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. A. C. Jackson on 16 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yes it's lush, perhaps they'll find it hard to do it live, no it's not as bare and minimal as before.
But
This album is on fire. It sandblasts you with noise, moves you with melody, heals you with harmony, thrills you with ripped-out guitar, pulls your heart out. Blimey: rock doesn't rock like this often these days. Low have made a classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Walsh on 31 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've had the same reaction to hearing this album as the other reviewers (and I imagine, anyone who has heard it) - totally stunned. Not only will it remain the best album of 2005 but, without going over the top, I can't think of a better record that has been released this decade. There is not one bad track on this CD, not even one that is merely good or less than great, most are brilliant. Highlight for me is "On The Edge Of" but to be honest this record can only be listened to and appreciated as a whole, something I've been doing continuously since I bought it.
If you don't own this record, click Buy Now immediately and look forward to hearing some of the best, most life-affirming music you are likely to hear in this or any other year. Or decade. Or century.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 30 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
While only having had this album a few days, I'm already blown away- Low haven't really made a bad-record, but here they push on & advance on prior work (the album with Steve Fisk as producer & the more overtly rifftastic 'Canada'-single seem to me the key precursors)- co-producer/recorder Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai)takes them to other levels.
It's all great thus far - highlights include 'Cue the Strings' which starts off as David Sylvian's 'Blemish' colliding with 'Unchained Melody' prior to a gorgeous, whoozy keyboard-swirl- which sounds like The Flaming Lips covering something from 'Loveless.' It's all great though - the epic 'Broadway (So Many People)', the sequel/has to be single 'California', the MBV-dronerock of 'Everybody's Song', the 'Metal Machine Music/Arc'-style songwriting of 'When I Go Deaf' & the opening 'Monkey'- which sounds like Low covering Radiohead's 'There, There.'
There are nods to politics/the terror-zeitgeist here - the title 'The Great Destroyer' possibly alludes to the current U.S. President & song-titles like 'Just Stand Back', 'Monkey' & 'Death of a Salesman' Low are anything but palatial-self-obsessed mormon-minimalists!
Oh, 'Just Stand Back' - it's my favourite song at the moment & one that should appeal beyond their lo-fi/math-rock/post-rock-fanbase (it would be great if the Green Day, Weezer etc set listened to this). Sometimes I want Mimi Parker to sing more in Low- but on this album I plump more for Alan on lead and Mimi in the background. Oh, 'On the Edge of'- it's my favourite song at the moment/oh, 'Everbody's Song' - it's my favourite song at the moment/oh, 'When I Go Deaf'- it's my favourite song at the moment [...get the message?]
'The Great Destroyer' already blows my mind & I wonder how I could function without it- & I've only had it a few days! Definitely a highlight of 2005 and my favourite Low-record since 'Secret Name.'
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Bigger sounding, but still Low to the core. I can't really understand what makes them drawing me in, so to speak - it is hypnotic, and very well executed. And so very familiar when you have heard a few albums. But you don't tire of them - small details are always creeping up, surprising you. Mesmerizing in their sometimes minimalist way.
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