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The Great Destroyer
Sub Pop Records

Some days it is hard to imagine what the indie music world would be like without Low. The band has had as significant an impact on the modern musical world as bands such as Galaxy 500 had on their own early recordings. I dare say, there would be no Belle & Sebastian or their airy rock ilk without first having Low. Drawing from the influences of the post-punk movement, and morphing it into a tiny genre that I've always referred to as slowgaze, Low began as a band bent on making reflective and down tempo music. Like their forebears, they were hailed as being depressing by those who didn't ken what they were all about, too fast for those that embraced the true slowgaze movement of Codeine, and a bit too American for many of the Britpop kids who ultimately became their audience. After their first three records, Low began to move away from the slow, dirgy aspects of their music and began to embrace more of a rock and roll/pop ethos. That transmigration seems to have finally been completed, as The Great Destroyer contains no hints of the majestic turtle-speed ethereal rock from whence the band came. Instead, we are treated to thirteen songs of pure mid-tempo rock goodness, ranging in sound from the familiar pop female-vocal sound of songs like "California" to the synth heavy darkness of "Monkey". The album is full of the trademark feedback heavy guitars and somber moods that have always graced Low records, and drives harder than any of their previous recordings. The lyrical content is far more poetic and mature than on previous efforts, and shows that the band is progressing far more as songwriters currently than as sonic creators. The music contains the same warmth and depth that fans of the band have come to expect, and find comfort in; but the songs and sounds (excepting, of course, the glorious feedback) are a bit more accessible, which should help to bring new sheep into the fold.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Monkey
2. California
3. Everybody's Song
4. Silver Rider
5. Just Stand Back
6. On The Edge Of
7. Cue The Strings
8. Step
9. When I Go Deaf
10. Broadway (So Many People)
11. Pissing
12. Death Of A Salesman
13. Walk Into The Sea

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