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5.0 out of 5 stars My fave Low album, utter melancholy and elegance, 23 Dec 2003
This review is from: Curtain Hits The Cast (Audio CD)
This is quite an old one but defiantly one of my favourite albums of all time; this is the epitome of utter sadness and melancholy. However sadness and melancholy have never sounded so gorgeous. Low are truly unique entity, their music exists and creates and shifts but fortunately (and this is the way it should be with all music but sadly usually isn’t the case) Low are almost virtually impossible to place them in a context with other artists to compare them to, if there was a kindred spirit that existed on the same wavelength it would have been Codeine, but a testament to Low’s talent, they are able to consistently create context and not become part of another.
Although all the Low output I have (all the full lengths and the EP on Kranky my second favourite) is sublime and of extremely high calibre, this I feel was Low at the absolute peak of their minimalist powers, each individual element here is juxtaposed perfectly, whether it be the faint tapping of the drums or the gentle melodies squeezed from the guitars and on top the ghostly singing that like the aforementioned elements is complete fragile and perfectly balanced to create an equilibrium within the music.
Usually I feel it is unfair to pick specific highlights from any album of any genre because a great album (IMO) is a complete whole not a collection of individual moments, in this case I’m going to make a rare acceptance because the mid-point of the album is bleakly heart wrenching and exquisitely powerful and contains some of the finest music ever created, from “Coattails,” to “Lust,” it’s simply….well, its unfair to put it into words, just buy this album and find out.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential purchase for anyone of sound mind..., 19 July 2000
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This review is from: Curtain Hits The Cast (Audio CD)
Got nothing by Low yet?...Well, after you've smacked yourself insensible, get this one first of all. Hit play, lie down, and drift into a kind of half-sleep whilst this beautiful noise cleanses you from the inside out. I'm not kidding. The most achingly fragile songs ever recorded and squeezed onto one CD, by anyone...ever. When you're through being reborn, go out and buy everything else they've ever recorded. But this one's the one you'll want to play to your children as you rock them to sleep.
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