by Low


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Duluth, Minnesota, "slow-rock" trio Low have never sounded better -- or more dynamic -- than on Trust, their sixth album. When they emerged in the mid-'90s with a spare but fully formed sound -- glacially paced songs nudged forward by Mimi Parker's probing percussion, Adam Sparhawk's shimmering guitar lines, and the couple's gently interlocking harmonies -- it was difficult to imagine where they'd take it. But eight years on, Low have incrementally intensified their sound, tenaciously fleshing out what works and leaving the genre-hopping to others. Producer Tchad Blake, best known for twiddling knobs behind Sheryl Crow, Los Lobos, and his own Latin Playboys, sets the group loose against delicate sonic backdrops that sparkle with riveting texture. On the sublime "Tonight," for example, Parker sings solo atop a mesmerizing sound bed made from swooning guitar noises -- no drums at all. Elsewhere, however, percussion is king, as on the unsettling "I Am the Lamb," which harkens back to Blake's work on Tom Waits's Bone Machine, or the sprawling "(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace," which pits an insistent drum beat peppered with bells and whistles (literally) against Sparhawk's sustained guitar lines and the pair's sweetly gelled harmonies. As if to reinforce their music's latent power, the trio rock out on "Canada," which buzzes with a shoe-gazing fervor that suggests prime My Bloody Valentine. With a distinctive sound and a low-key passion, Low are true originals.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Kranky
UPC: 0796441805228
catalogNumber: 52
Rank: 62961

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Low   Primary Artist
Starfire   Background Vocals,Foot Stomping
Gerry Beckley   Background Vocals
Bobby Woods   Organ,Accordion
Brad Nelson   Foot Stomping
Alan Sparhawk   Guitar,Vocals
Mimi Parker   Drums,Vocals
Marc Gartman   Banjo
Zak Sally   Bass Guitar
Justin "The Doctor" Sparhawk   Foot Stomping
Eric Swanson   Foot Stomping
Amy Abts   Background Vocals
Sarah Paul   Background Vocals
Matt Livingston   Saxophone
Bryan Johnson   Foot Stomping
Bryan Johnson   Trombone
Tim Anderson   Foot Stomping

Technical Credits

Tom Herbers   Engineer
Alan Sparhawk   Contributor
Mimi Parker   Contributor
Zak Sally   Contributor
Bryan Johnson   Costume Design

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