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Editors’ Notes

How many bands make their best album ten years and seven discs into their career? Not many, but with The Great Destroyer, Low may have turned this trick. More a natural progression in the Duluth, Minnesota trio's development from one-trick slowcore ponies than a jarring reinvention, The Great Destroyer underscores Low's established strengths and sheds light on some new attributes, too. The austere, stately likes of "Silver Rider" and "On the Edge Of" sound most similar to Low's early work, while the sprawling "Broadway" and ominous "Monkey" seem to blaze new trails. Somewhere in the middle lies "California," a tuneful, propulsive and finely sung pop gem that comes off classic from the first note. The album was tracked and mixed in part by Dave Fridmann, producer extraordinaire for the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful !

I bought this CD about a year ago...it must have been a time when there was alot of new stuff out... I just put it on again tonight...played it three times in a row....after hitting the repeat button a million times....Merry Christmas to me! I bought myself a great beautiful and greatly textured record after reading glowing reviews and many best of lists....Can't wait to see them next time they play First Avenue. Such great music from this endearing three piece band....now I have to catch up with the rest of their catalogue! Highly Highly Highly recommended kids.

Not Thier Best Effort, But Very Good

I guess i am spoiled with Low in many ways. I love thier previous albums like - Things We Lost In The Fire, Secret Name, and Trust. All worth buying before buying The Great Destroyer. Great songs are here with Monkey, Everybody's Song, and When I Go Deaf are my favorites.

To paraphrase Jeff Tweedy: they made it, it's theirs to destroy

First: an excellent album- loud, quiet, sprawling, cohesive, passionate, indifferent. Great, undeniably bold step in a new direction, helped along by some of the best melodies and lyric writing Low has done. While not particularly representative of the Low catalog (I'll address that later), it's a beautiful, powerful album. I don't know how to single out any one song and not regret slighting another. Second: Dave Friddman brought out some dormant, unexpected sides of all members of the band, not to mention adding welcome textures and noise. Third: Some "longtime Low fans" dismiss this album as lesser than some of the band's former work, usually on the basis that "they're trying to mess with the sound" or "Low should do what Low does best." To which I say, no band should be critiqued (particularly by its loyal fanbase) for taking risks, mixing it up, etc. This is a great album in AND out of the band's discography. Try to hear it on its own terms and you'll be rewarded. That said, I admit that it might feel like a betrayal to someone who only wants Low to sound like "Secret Name" or "The Curtain Hits The Cast."

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993, Low were perhaps the slowest of the so-called "slowcore" bands — delicate, austere, and hypnotic, the trio's music rarely rose above a whisper, divining its dramatic tension in the unsettling open spaces created by the absence of sound. Initially comprising the husband-and-wife team of guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and drummer/vocalist Mimi Parker along with bassist John Nichols, Low began as an experimental reaction to the predominance of grunge. Producer...
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