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  • Summary: The slowcore trio (including new bassist Matt Livingston) reunites with producer Dave Fridmann.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
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  1. It’s still identifiably Low, but richer and more diverse than before.
  2. I doubt Low fans who've held on this long will rebel against these new textures, more the way they're employed-- the band has added an almost disconcerting levity, and subtracted the gentleness.
  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.
  4. The trio have discovered a few new sonic tricks, but it's the celestial duel-vocals of Parker and Sparhawk which continue to ensure that Low always reach such beautiful highs.
  5. Some of the most expressive tracks of Low's career. [Apr 2007, p.57]
  6. It’s not quite the doom-laden disaster that provisional plays suggest but neither is it an easy-to-recommend addition to the Low catalogue.

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  1. 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. 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

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