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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B004NTVMCO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Try To Sleep
  2. You See Everything
  3. Witches
  4. Done
  5. Especially Me
  6. $20
  7. Majesty/Magic
  8. Nightingale
  9. Nothing But Heart
  10. Something's Turning Over

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BBC Review

The Minnesotan trio Low have long been referred to as pioneers of ‘slowcore’, a glacially indolent branch of indie rock, but in truth they’ve grown far beyond that mis-applied tag. A back catalogue as varied as theirs demonstrates it easily. Their last few albums particularly, from the apocalyptically dark Trust from 2002 to 2007’s electronically savage and deceptively poppy Drums and Guns, via 2005’s rocktageous The Great Destroyer, have shown that their sense of style has been governed more by melody, harmony and lyrical themes than simply by meandering tempi. It would be difficult to predict in which direction they might take a new album, and that’s something they’re not given enough credit for.

C’mon, their ninth LP, is not as musically adventurous as previous works, but it is among their most emotionally direct and immediately satisfying. Pinging glockenspiel and aching guitar chords herald the album’s opening and create tenderness so readily that by the time husband and wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s vocal harmonies arrive, they’re a mere bonus. Close attention to their vocals on that opening track, Try to Sleep, suggests a very human intimacy that wasn’t present on the worldlier Drums and Guns. Mentions of cameras and allusions to forced insomnia sprout palpable, drowsy warmth, and make this as strong a beginning as the band has ever recorded.

The record continues in this vein, with only occasional lunges into the gloominess with which they’re chiefly associated. Witches stands out as a noisier cousin of Sunflower, from 2001’s impeccable Things We Lost in the Fire, with similarly violent undertones. "When you’ve finally submitted to embarrassing capture, take out that baseball bat and show those witches some pasture," sings Sparhawk, coolly, over quivering, perfectly restrained guitar distortion. Despite the latent anger the words suggest, it’s delivered stridently, with Sparhawk’s time in his garage rock side-project Retribution Gospel Choir unleashing more volume than we might have expected.

They progress through shades of light effortlessly across C’mon. Sunlight stretches over the sweet, slow pop of Done, while something notably duskier envelops the plod of Majesty/Magic, but both show off Low’s now-perfected ability to harness tension and tweak their own performance for maximum impact. The light may even switch to buzzing neon on Nightingale, which could quite easily be rolled out just before closing time at a grubby haunt. Variable as they may be on this strong collection, the elements that bind are the clarity of the performance and the simplicity of the songs – emotionally the band is staring the listener in the eye. ‘Slowcore’ might be what people call them, but Low have grown beautifully beyond that, and will grow more still.

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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
There is something very odd and perplexing about playing Yuletide albums all year round or on hot sunny days (e.g. - yesterday) but the great "Christmas" album by "Low" the Minnesotan slowcore masters repays regular listens and its fine quality partly reminds you of some of the themes of their new album "C'mon". In essence Low are a band who more than anything else produce the most gorgeous songs. "C'mon" was recorded at an old church in Duluth and is their ninth album in a very long career. It comes on top of this decades renaissance man Robert Plant showcasing two sparkling Low covers on his recent Band of Joy LP (Monkey and Silver Rider) and in doing so generating welcome interest in this critically lauded trio. Who cares if this album doesn't end up on sale in your local supermarket or deliver gold records for the trophy cabinet, what Low do is grace music lovers with the priceless service of producing music you can revere, which can soundtrack your variable life episodes and that can genuinely leave you wanting more.

On this album they have called in Nels Cline the innovative guitarist from Wilco to play on a couple of tracks including "Done" which you suspect may turn out to be one of their greatest songs with its almost 50s classic ballad feel and infused throughout by the trademark heart stopping dual vocals from Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (it goes without saying that bassist Steve Garrington is as sure footed as ever). The album opens with the shimmering "Try to sleep" and you notice immediately the crisp production which enhances all these songs for which we must to thank Matt Beckley, a man best known for his work with the likes of Leona Lewis and Avril Lavigne (he should now be forgiven).
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It is fair to admit that this album was a slow-burning fascination for me. At first and second listens, it did not grab my attention in the way that other records this year have done so. It simply slipped through my consciousness without leaving any discernible trace.

And yet, on third, fourth and fifth listen, this album opens up like a tumescent flower in bloom, leaving the listener in no doubt as to its true majesty. Low have certainly pioneered a unique musical brand in the past but here they refine it to dazzling effect. Try to Sleep is a delicate foray into low-fi indie splendour whilst You See Everything retains the attention through an infectious refrain which haunts the listener. Witches is more bellicose (but only relative to other songs on this album) and reminds the listener of Spiritualised at their most stripped back. Especially Me benefits from arch lyrics which prove impossibly moving and self-deprecating ('But as it stands, We don't have a clue, Especially me and probably you') whilst Nightingale reverts to the light touch motifs of the album opener. The real creative peak of this spell-binding masterpiece though is Nothing But Heart, a kind of Folk/Drone opus, which builds gravitas and momentum from glacially minimalist beginnings. The finishing crescendo of harmonies and heart-rending vocals will not fail to move the listener.

One of the most remarkable things about this album though is the subtle contrast in mood and atmosphere that the band conjure up through both instrument, lyric and vocal tack. You are never quite sure if this is an album of hope, despair, love or hate. It consistently challenges the listener to reflect and re-assess.
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It's difficult to grasp that Low have been around for almost twenty years. Originally pioneers of the slowcore movement, they changed tack slightly with 2002's "Trust" album, developing a more forceful sound, which appears to have found its natural conclusion on their ninth album, "C'Mon".

It's a truly impressive collection - Alan Sparhawk's controlled guitar distortion and measured voice combine intimately with wife Mimi Parker's backing vocals, while other instruments add detail. On the first track "Try To Sleep" a xylophone gently rains notes over the soporific strains and on "Witches" an elegant lap steel guitar and strangely askew, almost menacing banjo entwine themselves. Parker takes the vocal lead on "Especially Me" and it's a particularly moving piece.

Together with references to shadows and partial awareness, there's an underlying peril present within many of the lyrics, which brings a certain tension. It might just be a feeling, but it does imply there's something being played out on "C'Mon" which isn't instantly fathomable. 9/10.
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Others will review this in greater depth, but anyone remotely interested in good music should own this. Stunningly beautiful, very haunting, incredibly moving this is a slow burning masterpiece. Let this wash over you and be immersed in sublime melodies and restrained playing that just lets the songs shine.

Easily the best album of 2011.
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Another great album from Low. Saw them live in Birmingham and then bought this album on strength of the performance. The songs and performances are great. Favourite track - Nothing but Heart - makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Probably one of their best albums, along with The Great Destroyer and Things we Lost in the Fire. Guns and Drums is pretty good too!
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