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  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. 90
    Low has crafted a recording that exceeds its own high standards of creativity, harmony, and subtlety.
  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. 80
    It's impossible to discern whether Mimi Parker's newfound assertiveness as a harmony singer was inspired by, or the inspiration for, this more aggressive batch of songs, but it's this record's signal grace. [Apr 2001, p.158]
  5. Probably the best indie drone rock since Galaxie 500 put the Velvets jangle to hypnotic use (although Low reach even greater peaks of elegant sublimity). [#4, p.106]
  6. Things finds Low's measured atmospherics and gentle melodies further enhanced by layers of instrumentation -- for instance, cello, violin, piano, mellotron and trumpet. Moreover, it finds the band's melancholy and affecting textures coalescing even more into traditional song structures.
  7. For each misstep (like the relentless snare drum on the opening track "Sunflower") there are moments of sublime beauty like "Laser Beam," which feels more like a prayer than a song.

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Score distribution:
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  1. frederikw
    Jan 26, 2005
    10
    one of the best low albums i've heard! It grabs you by the throat.
  2. AndrewT
    Mar 8, 2003
    10
    This record that can push one to drive on the wrong side of the road without noticing or blinking an eye. Albini is at his best creating a lush grit that could not be replicated by any other producer. The songs are simply human. Collapse
  3. tonyJ
    Feb 9, 2004
    10
    speechless
  4. Æ.
    Nov 20, 2001
    9
    great album, very beautiful indeed.
  5. DuncanB
    Oct 24, 2006
    9
    A very lovely album.
  6. 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. Expand

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