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Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

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  • Summary: The trio's seventh album (their first for Sub Pop) features production work from Dave Fridmann and an atypically energetic sound.
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. They still retain a unique identity even as they plunder and explore more generic alt-rock themes, and their particular skill is in making this transformation seem logical and welcome.
  2. What makes The Great Destroyer surprising is how seamlessly they balance all these moods and sounds. Not to mention courageously. This is an album, not a collection of Low songs.
  3. Low sounds fearless in its experimentation. Such personal intimacy juxtaposed with extremely haughty pretension could easily turn off listeners, but it’s all woven together so well that it’s hard to dismiss even the wrong turns.
  4. The album is harsher, darker, and just plain louder than Low have ever been in their 10-year career.
  5. With the new directions in sound, there are a couple places where the group stumbles just a bit.
  6. Half a good album, half disastrously wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. IAm
    Feb 11, 2005
    10
    The best album of 2005 so far...
  2. mattz
    Aug 25, 2005
    10
    A criminally overlooked album.
  3. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Recently got my hands on this album and can safely say it is one of the best things I've heard in years, it's saddening but uplifting in a way The Arcade Fire could only do, but with two guitars and an upright drum kit. I know I'm five years too late to try look hip by enjoying Low, but hell, when it's this good punctuality doesn't matter. Expand
  4. weltact
    Feb 24, 2005
    9
    the best low album! and yes, i am aware of 1994
  5. DisMantler
    Jul 13, 2005
    8
    A painless transition to a new sound with many great and one phenomenal ("Pissing") song.
  6. ikoi
    Jan 30, 2005
    8
    They've changed, but I like this change. It's like they have moved from village to city.
  7. NickH
    Jan 31, 2005
    0
    This is the worst Low album ever. I've bought everything they've done up to this point and seen them live numerous times. I've planned vacations around their tour schedule to see them play. This album is a horrible let down. The lyrics are shallow, the production is embarrassingly generic. The music is self indulgent at times (something they've wonderfully avoided to this point), perfectly great songs are ruined by guitar wanking. This album does not deserve to be called a Low album. Expand

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