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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
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  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. The Great Destroyer is a marvel of layered beauty -- the sort of album that makes you call in sick to work so you can spend a day with headphones clamped to your head, charting its every elegant nuance.
  3. Destroyer simmers with life in all of its noisy, tuneful excess.
  4. When The Great Destroyer rocks, it rocks with passion, rigour and an unmistakable but enormously dignified rage.
  5. “Everybody’s Song” features the melodic discipline, barely contained anguish and cryptic lyrical finger-wagging that marked the last few Posies records. “Just Stand Back” (“I’m gonna turn on you so fast”) is a hateful little bon-bon that could stand tall on a Sugar record. And yet, The Great Destroyer remains too rickety and pristine to be anyone’s baby but Low’s.
  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 wayRecently 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. Collapse
  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 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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