10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retribution Gospel Choir serves as the perfect outlet for Low’s Alan Sparhawk to vent his loud, jamming side. Unlike Low, where everything is turned to muted colors, RGC (which is Low with drummer Eric Pollard filling in for Mimi Parker) specialize in a cathartic guitar pop where feedback is just a note away. Among the shiny six- string attacks rest harmonies that rise and fall like waves crashing to shore. “Your Bird” is heavenly in its balance between Sparhawk’s pop aspirations and his grunge-like thrust. “Workin’ Hard” channels a churning, working-class rock. “Poor Man’s Daughter” recalls the minor-key epics of the early-‘70s prog movement until it climaxes with a guitar whirlwind worthy of Sonic Youth. “’68 Comeback” and “The Last of the Blue Dream” are brief instrumental interludes gone with the flick of a guitar pick. “White Wolf” shades towards a darker side of Foo Fighter’s punk-pop. “Electric Guitar” serves up eight minutes of crushing stoner-rock. “Bless Us All’ ends things on an atmospheric note.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retribution Gospel Choir serves as the perfect outlet for Low’s Alan Sparhawk to vent his loud, jamming side. Unlike Low, where everything is turned to muted colors, RGC (which is Low with drummer Eric Pollard filling in for Mimi Parker) specialize in a cathartic guitar pop where feedback is just a note away. Among the shiny six- string attacks rest harmonies that rise and fall like waves crashing to shore. “Your Bird” is heavenly in its balance between Sparhawk’s pop aspirations and his grunge-like thrust. “Workin’ Hard” channels a churning, working-class rock. “Poor Man’s Daughter” recalls the minor-key epics of the early-‘70s prog movement until it climaxes with a guitar whirlwind worthy of Sonic Youth. “’68 Comeback” and “The Last of the Blue Dream” are brief instrumental interludes gone with the flick of a guitar pick. “White Wolf” shades towards a darker side of Foo Fighter’s punk-pop. “Electric Guitar” serves up eight minutes of crushing stoner-rock. “Bless Us All’ ends things on an atmospheric note.

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About Retribution Gospel Choir

Retribution Gospel Choir debuted in 2005 as primarily a live enterprise spearheaded by two seminal masters of spare, quiet indie rock, Low's Alan Sparhawk and Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. A series of enthusiastically received tours found the two guitarists reveling in the opportunity to rock out far more than they ever did their main bands, unleashing sludgy, classic rock-infused riffage and squalling simultaneous solos, and covering of the likes of Neil Young and the Rolling Stones. By the time the group got around to releasing their self-titled debut in March of 2008, following and reprising material from a pair of looser, jammier tour EPs, they'd shrunk from a quartet to a trio, including two out of three members of Low (Sparhawk and bassist Matt Livingston) along with drummer Eric Pollard of Duluth band No Wait Wait. Kozelek, though no longer a member of the group, served as producer for the album and released on his own Caldo Verde imprint. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

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