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Low: The Great DestroyerThe Great Destroyer (2005)
Sub Pop Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Iím getting just about as sick of "core" genre classifications as anyone. Hardcore, metalcore, emocore, slowcore. Wait, slowcore? Thatís what Minnesotan rock minimalist exports Low have come to be known as. Low have been making low key releases in the indie rock world since 1993. The Great Destroyer, their Sub Pop debut, however, is their first departure from the subtle, making something from nothing approach theyíve been accustomed to. This isnít a complete reconstruction, no, more of an evolution for the 3-piece. Itís a really loud album at points, with crunching, almost crackling guitars, but also maintains much of its subtle charm and mood-driven vocals. Incorporating pop sensibility with its eerie moods, dissonant chords, and textured synths and electronics, Low has finally delivered the album that will define their career.
ďThey said "Music's for fools / You should go back to school / The future is prisons and math / So I did what they said / Now my children are fed / 'Cause they pay me to do what I'm asked / I forgot all my songs / The words now are wrong / And I burned my guitar in a rage / But the fire came to rest / In your white velvet breast / So somehow I just know that it's safe.ĒThe Great Destroyer ends just as strongly as it began 50 minutes earlier with "Walk Into The Sea." The guitars and harmonies are absolutely flawless, and the drums pound with just the right level of intensity as the song fades out as quickly and effortlessly as it began. And in the end, thatís what Low wanted, to put in their absolute best effort without for a second looking like they tried. Sure, much of the album is a departure from the minimalist approach they founded on some 12 years ago, but whatís music without incorporation of new ideas. In another 12 years, if Low is done making records and they look back on their career, The Great Destroyer is that masterpiece that will have defined them.
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