Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    It's not too ambitious to suggest few other releases this year will match its grace, humanity and power.... A magnificent album.
  2. Just plain beautiful... carefully harmonized vocals and pellucid guitar hooks that rarely lapse into merely languid melodies. [2/16/2001, p.98]
  3. Low have always sought to make music that can both swell the heart like a gospel tune and capture the amplified absence of a funeral parlour. It's difficult to imagine a more perfect expression of their vision than this.
  4. Things We Lost in the Fire's slowly rising warmth and subtly hopeful tone not only make this Low's most cohesive, compelling collection, but one of 2001's best albums.
  5. 90
    Low has crafted a recording that exceeds its own high standards of creativity, harmony, and subtlety.
  6. 90
    Low is the heaviest band in rock. [#48, p.100]
  7. 90
    Measuring out grief and resilience with a steady hand, these are the best songs of Low's quiet career. [Feb 2001, p.98]
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 24, 2012
    8
    Seriously mellow, seriously good record from Low. Probably the best slowcore album you'll come across. The first 4 tracks are absolutely brilliant. The middle section has peaks and troughs while the final section is consistently good stuff again. It's not for everyone - I'm sure some people will find it a bit dreary but when you listen to this up close it's got some stunning stuff on it. Full Review »
  2. DuncanB
    Oct 24, 2006
    9
    A very lovely album.
  3. frederikw
    Jan 26, 2005
    10
    one of the best low albums i've heard! It grabs you by the throat.