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on 23 September 2002
Those people lucky enough to see the band earlier this year would have heard a few tantalising snippets of the new material. The CD versions do not disappoint and it is my view that the production of this album is way better than anything they have done previously.
They have pretty much dispensed with the crashing snare drum (overused on some of their earlier stuff), and adopted a much more subtle approach to rhythym. Instrumentally, also, they have developed a much broader sound and this works perfectly with their intimate vocal style.
The magnificent "Tonight" has lovely ambient backing track and even a hint of voice treatment. Mimi Parker owns my favourite singing voice ever and I would never have believed it could be improved artificially, but somehow they seem to have pulled it off.
This is an album made by a band who know exactly what they are doing, and are not afraid to experiment and develop. The jangly guitars in "Canada" and "Snowstorm" add a bit of urgency to the proceedings and succeed in preventing "Trust" from becoming one-paced.
Add to the mix some of the prettiest singing (especially from Mimi) to be heard anywhere and you have an album that is just about as good as it gets.
If you are Low fan you should buy this album. If you are not a Low fan you should buy this album and become one.
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on 1 March 2003
After recording two albums with Steve Albini, whose approach was surprisingly sympathetic to their own, considering the styles he usually works with, Low's decision to record Trust with the equally enigmatic Tchad Blake has paid off marvellously. That old cliché about listening to the silences in Low's songs can be put to bed as Blake's multi-layered approach means there is always something going on. Too long dismissed as meek and minimal, Blake highlights the breadth of the bands range and even introduces subtle, intuitive effects like on 'Tonight'.
He understands Low's drama too; witness the heart-stopping crescendo of "Little Argument". When the La La's of 'I Am The Lamb' kick in, it sounds like they're coming from the next room and at the same time like they're a world away. The track is daringly and cinematically evocative of the crucifixion, although it's more David Lynch than Cecil B. DeMile. Elsewhere, Mimi and Zak's harmonies seem to grow more intimate and affecting with each album.
It was always about the songs, though, with Low and in that respect they are in quite simply irresistible form, better even than on Secret Name. When the shivers of 'I am The Lamb' or 'Little Argument' melt into the sheer bliss of 'It's In The Drugs' and 'La La La Song' you realise that only a special band at the height of their powers could pull it off. Long may they continue to do so.
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on 13 April 2003
This album opens with a haunting purpose and soon transports you away into the realm of LOW. This Bands sparse harmonic presence shapes the music that believe it or not is very much a glimpse of the future, even though it is impossible to mistake those strong roots and influences from the past. In many ways Low have never stood still and always seem to add extra dimension to their dreamy vision of the musical landscape. Songs like 'Canada' breathe an energy to lift you from the haze before you are gently dragged back into sweet sorrow once again. All in all i was so impressed with this latest work, 'its in the drugs' is a masterful tune that leaves you cold as Mimi parkers ever present vocals drift stealthily upon you and refuse to let go. if you like emotional music that will creep up on you and touch deep, Trust by Low is for you.
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on 27 April 2013
after many listens all i can say is: what a beautiful album. of course it's going to sound like low...but that's no bad thing. apart from a couple of songs which don't quite do it (for me) the rest are gorgeous (especially canada, ...snowstorm. point of disgust). you can't go wrong with this album if you want to "get into" low
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on 21 September 2016
Hypnotism begins at home. Got Me?
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on 14 December 2014
Very Good.
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on 17 November 2014
all ok
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on 30 October 2002
"Canada" is without doubt an excellent song. But for those of you who are tempted buy the album on the (undoubted) strength of the single, be warned. There are NO other songs on this album in the same vein. The other songs on this album sound like a collection acoustic ramblings, unfinished ideas, and a poorly recorded "jam" session made in someone's bedroom on the most rudimentary recording equipment.
Low should get 5 stars for "Canada" but "Trust" as an album is a pile of pants. Definitely one of the most disappointing albums I've bought in many a year.
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