• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2007
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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  1. IanM
    Mar 16, 2007
    9
    Fourteen years after their inception, Low continue to slowly but surely unfurl new elements of what would have seemed a myopically limited palate. Stripping down to the bone on most tracks, perhaps beyond on others, Low move not quite so slow as spartan, but the fire here is more convincing than on 'The Great Destroyer' because of its deep, smoldering burn. Amongst the bands Fourteen years after their inception, Low continue to slowly but surely unfurl new elements of what would have seemed a myopically limited palate. Stripping down to the bone on most tracks, perhaps beyond on others, Low move not quite so slow as spartan, but the fire here is more convincing than on 'The Great Destroyer' because of its deep, smoldering burn. Amongst the bands best three albums, along with 'Secret Name' and 'Trust'. The production methods will be divisive for some, turning away the last of the rockist fans who wanted Low to stay frozen aesthetically in 1995; but likely to win new fans amongst the non-rock-oriented cognoscenti, if there's any way they'll let themselves listen and ignore the "indie rock" pigeonholing that never really fit. Not quite perfect, but exciting as both a risk and a reward. Expand
  2. RichardH
    Mar 21, 2007
    10
    Each Low album is a new experience. Very few of their albums sound 'the same', but each is undeniably "Low". This album continues their experiments in sound by going in a completely opposite direction from their last album. On "Great Destroyer" they went full on distortion and lush atmospherics. Here they've stripped their music to the very bone. The voices are honest, the Each Low album is a new experience. Very few of their albums sound 'the same', but each is undeniably "Low". This album continues their experiments in sound by going in a completely opposite direction from their last album. On "Great Destroyer" they went full on distortion and lush atmospherics. Here they've stripped their music to the very bone. The voices are honest, the production is sparse. With the introduction of more complex and more skittering drum patterns and the re-introduction of looped samples their sound has taken yet another turn. It's as though they've combined all their knowledge and experience to craft yet another signature sound. They've forgotten the distortion pedals of Destroyer and crafted another spacial realm for their sound to exist in. It's an enjoyable and rewarding listen. Expand
  3. DrunkenMaster
    Mar 20, 2007
    9
    Low has evolved into something strange, beautiful and softly sad. "Drums and Guns" is an astonishing album and I cannot recommend it too strongly for anyone who loves good music.
  4. mleee
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    Some of the most amazing, haunting music I've ever heard. I absolutely love it and cannot stop listening to it.
  5. Kyle
    May 2, 2007
    8
    No weaknesses in this album, pretty solid.
  6. RuthV
    Mar 28, 2007
    10
    Incredibly progressive. Spot-on commentary regarding wartime.
  7. NickC
    Apr 12, 2007
    9
    With "Drums & Guns" Low have once again defied expectations, redefined their entire sound, and created an astonishing and painfully understated album. The vitality of the album comes natrually from the duets of Parker and Sparhawk, their voices often times being the only consistent anchors for every song. The album consist largely of sparse keyboards, drum samples, and tape loops. With "Drums & Guns" Low have once again defied expectations, redefined their entire sound, and created an astonishing and painfully understated album. The vitality of the album comes natrually from the duets of Parker and Sparhawk, their voices often times being the only consistent anchors for every song. The album consist largely of sparse keyboards, drum samples, and tape loops. Sparhawk's traditionally dominating and lush guitar playing is all but absent, barely strummed in the background of a few songs, and Parker's brushed percussion is replaced with samples. But change is something that Low fans have come to expect, and this album does not dissapoint on any level. Not as towering an achievement as The Great Destroyer, but an incredible step forward for a band that just refuses to stagnate. Sublte yet scathing, "Drums & Guns" is high on the list of contenders for most original and best album of the year. Expand
  8. RickH
    Apr 17, 2007
    8
    After many many listens, on headphones and on a home stereo, I still don't get the point of putting all the vocals in the right channel. And I still don't get some of the things Fridman did on the new CYHSY album either, like basically destroying the first track to the point of being unlistenable. I've had the chance to see Low perform material from Drums and Guns four After many many listens, on headphones and on a home stereo, I still don't get the point of putting all the vocals in the right channel. And I still don't get some of the things Fridman did on the new CYHSY album either, like basically destroying the first track to the point of being unlistenable. I've had the chance to see Low perform material from Drums and Guns four times now live and within that live context, these songs are some of my favorites. Murder, Sandinista. There is some very very strong material here. But on the album, there's so much bitterness and emptiness, that it's a painful experience. The production takes these songs, which are dark and frought with anxiety and makes them even more sinister by taking out all the warmth that comes across on most Low albums and is ever present during a live show. I'm an advocate of production being an art in itself, but Fridman really puzzles me at this point. He almost seems to sabotage beautiful songs out of spite. I love noise bands, I love experimentalism, I love the avant-garde, but sometimes a song should be given a chance. Expand
  9. Jul 16, 2014
    7
    Drums and Guns sees Low add further layers to their trademark sparse sound. While there are no bad tracks present, the record waits until three quarters of the way through to properly catch fire and has one of the best ending sequence of songs of the bands career. I found Drums and Guns highly enjoyable and has a bit more texture and life to it than some of their other records. EssentiallyDrums and Guns sees Low add further layers to their trademark sparse sound. While there are no bad tracks present, the record waits until three quarters of the way through to properly catch fire and has one of the best ending sequence of songs of the bands career. I found Drums and Guns highly enjoyable and has a bit more texture and life to it than some of their other records. Essentially the band are trying some new idea without every sounding truly convinced of what they are doing. "Breaker" lights up the first half of the album while "Murderer" is one of the bands most sinister songs to date and is akin to a nasty twist in the penultimate scene of a film. Another solid effort from one of the most consistent bands out there. Expand
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. However early in the voting period we may be, Drums and Guns will undoubtedly go down as one of 2007's strongest albums.
  2. 82
    The downer record of the year. [#24, p.92]
  3. At times, it can be a difficult piece of work and its dark themes may require a few spins to grow on the listener. Irrespective, Drums and Guns is a fine piece of work, Low's best since Things We Lost in the Fire.