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The Invisible Way

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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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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00ABIRE14
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Despite the fact that Low have made various modifications to the hushed, intimate, acoustic sound that first brought them renown in the 90s, the Minnesota trio are still regarded in some quarters as a sleepily unchanging beast: the 'slowcore' Ramones.

Granted, nobody approaches a new Low release expecting a radical change of direction, but albums such as 2005's The Great Destroyer have shown a willingness to experiment with their understated template.

Their 10th album, The Invisible Way is, while recognisably the work of Low, noticeably different in that drummer/singer Mimi Parker assumes more lead vocals than ever before.

Long thought of as indie-rock's very own Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Parker and singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk famously harmonise like grievous angels.

And while fans of their duets won't go unrewarded on The Invisible Way, the decision to place Parker's gorgeous, soulful voice out front reaps startling emotional dividends.

Lyrically preoccupied with depression, illness and transcendence, this touching album is bathed in a kind of exquisite misery.

Held aloft by rising cascades of piano, like an escalator riding to the heavens, the jubilant So Blue finds comfort and joy in mutual despair. By contrast, Paper Cup is a starkly hypnotic lament for the impermanence of life.

Elsewhere, Amethyst is an affecting funeral dirge, and Waiting sounds like the ghost of an old country song. The album's sole point of explicit rage, On My Own, climaxes with an explosion of rust-encrusted chords.

But although the heartbreaking Just Make It Stop finds Parker at the end of her rope, it's ultimately life-affirming. “If I could just make it stop, I could tell the whole world to get out of the way,” she sings, as she bustles unnoticed through a crowded street. A nakedly beautiful song, it's the beating heart of an album that often stuns with its unaffected honesty.

Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, The Invisible Way is warm and organic, melodic and fragile. Twenty years into their career, and Low have created one of their best albums yet. They needn't ever change.

--Paul Whitelaw

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Alan Sparhawk (Low): "We have worked with many of the great engineer/producers. Jeff Tweedy has been on our side of the microphone for over 25 years, however with engineer (and fellow Grammy winner) Tom Schick, he has of late become a formidable and eclectic producer. He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery. We've made many records, and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty... How is this different from any other Low record? - Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite). - Piano, lots of piano... and an acoustic guitar. - Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Low - In a silent way 18 Mar 2013
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Low have partaken in a long journey since the narcotic rock of their debut 1994s "I could live in hope" but its been one where the direction of travel for their musical trajectory has consistently pointed skyward. The Duluth trio of Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and bassist Steve Garrington are as sure footed as a Welsh team in Cardiff and have in this lovely, quiet and dense album produced another set of golden wonders. Perhaps it the presence of the Wilco link that is adding a key ingredient. Guitarist Nels Cline played on Low's last album "C'mon" and here the Wilco supremo Jeff Tweedy produces with real understanding of the band's ethos not least for the first time equally sharing the vocal duties between Sparhawks deep mournful voice and the lovely airy beauty of Parker's more sweeter approach which on balance is the predominant colour on show here. Those Low fans seeking a repeat of the the huge power chords of "The Great Destroyer" may not find "The Invisible Way" to their liking as it is mostly populated with acoustic guitar and pounding piano's. This does not however detract from the sheer power of the Low aesthetic for this record is as solid as there previous work but the songwriting just keeps getting better.

The sparse opener "Plastic cup" does have a Thom Yorke feel to it and is driven by Sparhawks lead vocal which proclaims "well you could always count on your friends to get you high/that's right/and you could always count on the 'rents to get you by/you could fly". Even better is the brilliant hynotic "Amethyst" which starts with a solo that Neil Young would have longed to write and Robert Plant will be queuing up to cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More excellent Low-Fi 21 April 2013
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Have Low ever made a sub-standard album? I don't think so - and their status as a Minnesota state treasure or indeed now a US national treasure is maintained by this new album. No surprises here, but no disappointments either and whilst there isn't anything quite as good as Especially Me from 2011's "C'mon" there equally isn't a duff track here. I slightly prefer Jim James' "Regions Of Light And Sound Of God" to this amongst the quieter albums currently on my playlist hence the 4 stars rather than 5 but long may Low continue to produce such excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Low - it's a high! 4 May 2013
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Bought on the strength of reviews in music magazines with no prior knowledge of the band. This is just a beautifully understated set of songs which draw you in the more you go back and listen to them.
Competing with Anna Calvi for that chilled out Sunday morning slot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 April 2013
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After just having seen Low perform in Bristol, I would urge anyone with a liking for quality heartfelt music to buy this CD. Layered textures, hypnotic beats, with a sense of joy and hope in despair. Gorgeous, moving and brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreakingly beautiful 28 Mar 2013
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My 3rd and final attempt to review this album, I don't know what Amazon had done to the previous 2 attempts. As a longtime Low fan but ex Wilco fan I was worried about this album when I found out jeff tweedy was producing but he's done them justice and created an album with an unplugged feel about it. The presence of more piano + more of Mimi's vocals + Alan's voice + duets with Mimi+ the best batch of songs since Trust = the best Low album to date. Some heartbreaking but beautiful music here which I can't stop playing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beast and Beauty 20 Mar 2013
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Low as a band has passed me by over the years, and on the bleak but beautiful strength of this 10th album I have compulsory catching up to do. Having `discovered' Alan Sparhawk as a guitarist on the recent Retribution Gospel Choir release [and therefore researched and read about him] this latest Low album became a necessary listen. I have been struck by the mournful simplicity of the songs, like the brooding piano and pace of second track 'Amethyst', which is transcended from its dark lyricism by the beauty of melody and harmonising between Sparhawk and wife Mimi Parker. There is also the exquisite harmonising from multi-tracking Parker's vocal on songs like 'So Blue'. There is a folk sensibility in many of these songs which, as with 'So Blue', have a building anthemic layer that is genuinely rousing.

An example of the brooding lyrics wrapped in the beauty of melody and harmony is seventh track 'Four Score'. All of the songs are suggestive rather than telling in their expression - atmosphere over description. This track is graced with the multi-tracking harmony of Mimi Parker.

The next song 'Just Make It Stop' is even starker in this lyrical/melodic contrast, again Mimi singing in multi-tracked beautiful harmony, words as bleak as,

'You see, I'm close to the edge
I'm at the end of my rope
The rope is starting to thread
I'm trying to keep my hold'

Penultimate and tenth track 'On My Own' is full of wonderful contrasts.
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