- SPIN Rating:8 of 10
Label: Sub Pop
The deal-breaker for Low - what keeps the Duluth, Minnesota trio a cult band after 18 years (despite the Robert Plant covers) - isn't their Ozu-paced minimalism, but the vocals of husband-and-wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. Blankly drawn out, they are as unlike expressive human speech as anything in rock. But with coproduction by Matt Beckley (Katy Perry, Ke$ha), Low finally treat that strangeness as a thing of pop beauty, filtered through soulful melodies. Goth-folk slow jam "Especially Me" burns with private anger, while "Witches" sounds like Jimi Hendrix thawing in the sun.