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Quiet, fragile, stately, beautifully brilliant...
on 4 June 2001
Things we lost in the fire, for the most part, carries the sound of a band defeated. Lyrically, Sunflower, Laser Beam and Dinosaur Act seem to question Low's place in modern society. Yet they never achieve anything more than a snail's pace, so that even minor changes of tempo, such as on Dinosaur Act, are magnified, almost akin to the work of composers such as Gorecki.
The fragility of the songs almost reaches breaking point on the tender and delicate July, a paranoia-laced lament on hibernation. Low themselves appear to be heading into hibernation, slowing, meditating, and they take their music with them.
Yet, despite it all, the album is emotionally involving, and when the end is reached, and the shaft of light that is the Eno-esque In Metal shines through, all the darkness that has gone before is banished.
Beautiful and eventually uplifting, this is an album that demands listening to.