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Classic Album Review: Low | Trust

The Duluth trio's sixth LP ranks as one of their most diverse and adventurous efforts.

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This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


WHO ARE THEY? Perhaps the biggest name on the Kranky roster, slowcore luminaries Low are a Duluth, Minn., trio led by the husband-and-wife team of singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer-vocalist Mimi Parker. Since 1994, they have redefined the term power trio with their sombre and molasses-paced — yet intensely compelling — style.

WHAT’S THIS? Trust is the group’s sixth full-length studio offering. It may also be their most diverse and adventurous effort to date. Picking up where 2001’s lauded Things We Lost In The Fire left off, these 13 cuts see the band continuing to expand their sonic palette in a variety of directions. Along with the narcoleptic indie-pop fans have come to expect, the 65-minute Trust proffers haunting roots balladry (That’s How You Sing Amazing Grace, Candy Girl), fuzz-bomb garage-pop (Canada), ragged acoustic-guitar waltzes (Diamond) and post-psychedelic dirges and soundscapes (I Am The Lamb, John Prine, Shots and Ladders). What remains constant, however, are the band’s innate abilities to balance tension with release and outfit even the starkest backdrop with a gorgeous melody.

HOW DOES IT SOUND? Like Cowboy Junkies with a suitcase full of effects pedals, a dash of marital tension and plenty of psychotropic drugs.