Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. 90
    A reverence-inspiring return.
  2. Mar 1, 2012
    88
    It's part frustration, part chase with moments where everything seems to, accidentally, come together in passing moments that strike with more emotional effect than a compilation of soulful tearjerkers.
  3. Feb 28, 2012
    83
    Even during its most melancholic and introspective moments, Toward The Low Sun exudes a fervid, unstoppable hopefulness.
  4. The Wire
    Apr 18, 2012
    80
    The recipe still works. [Mar 2012, p.52]
  5. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    The [7-year] hiatus hasn't impaired the band's vivid country-gothic grandeur one iota. [Apr 2012, p. 90]
  6. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    80
    United as a trio, their talents flare up to blinding effect. [April 2012, p. 94]
  7. Uncut
    Mar 13, 2012
    80
    There are moments of terrific turbulence, solemn quietness and some sadness, but the collection eventually lights on safe harbor. [Apr 2012, p.70]
  8. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    The time apart from one another has given the band a more expansive sound and Dirty Three have pushed themselves to create one of the most dynamic releases in the catalog.
  9. Mar 8, 2012
    80
    Be it the ramped-up action of Dirty Three's wildest workouts or the cool-off come-downs that give their music a sense of closure and completeness, everything has a purpose and place on Toward the Low Sun.
  10. Mar 1, 2012
    80
    A few ponderous moments aside, Toward the Low Sun is a thing of many sophisticated, evocative pleasures, and, six years after their last album, a very welcome return.
  11. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Toward The Low Sun finds Dirty Three functioning at a consistently (and characteristically) high level--offering nine varied and concise pieces showcasing the gauntlet of their past successes, performed with a vitality which decimates any accusation of retread.
  12. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    Toward the Low Sun is crushing in its sadness, unrelenting in its sweetness and pure aural emotion.
  13. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Nothing here is neat, but much is very beautiful, expressed in the band's own language, this time with the occasional organ, piano, fuzz-toned violin and free-jazz drumming.
  14. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    By getting back to basics and running on their instincts it would seem as if Australia's finest threesome have rediscovered just what it is that makes them great.
  15. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Their eighth outing reaffirms their wordless eloquence.
  16. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    This is strained, evocative music that is able to relay deep, complex human emotions in very direct terms.
  17. Mar 23, 2012
    79
    The sparsity of their arrangements allows textures--the shushing of brushes on the snare, the scratch of the violin, the edge of distortion on the guitar--to shine through.
  18. Feb 27, 2012
    75
    The collision of the abstract and the beautiful on Toward the Low Sun affirms the Dirty Three's enduring vitality.
  19. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    Toward the Low Sun is what the Dirty Three do best: enigmatic instrumentals that redefine the notions of power in a power trio, a three-headed beast that trades off thoughts with nuance and grace, like a Cerebus dancing a waltz, then knocking back a beer at the bar.
  20. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    More vibrant and engaged with the world than they've sounded at any time since Whatever You Love, You Are.
  21. Mar 2, 2012
    70
    It's not hard to imagine these guys having played together for 20 years, as they deftly and convincingly veer from one direction to another.
  22. 70
    Toward The Low Sun may not be as raw or brooding as releases like 1998's Ocean Songs, but it's just as thoughtful and redolent of both location and mood.
  23. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    If you're bored with what they do, this won't change your mind, but if you're ready for another round, it's reliably strong stuff.
  24. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    To the casual listener, it may sound like a shadow of their greatest work, but fans will find it rewarding.
  25. Feb 28, 2012
    68
    After an iffy start, Toward the Low Sun thankfully picks up a head full of steam in its closing stretch--hopefully, this momentum won't dissipate over another seven-year layoff.
  26. Feb 27, 2012
    65
    For all the noise and bluster they kick up to start off the record, Toward the Low Sun is at its best when it's an unassuming return, when the beauty and power of the songs sneak up on us.
  27. Jun 29, 2012
    60
    It's good, but it's not essential.
  28. It's mostly a thing of pleasing lonesome grooves--but there are moments where it sounds like the Mahavishnu Orchestra tuning up.
  29. 60
    There's a familiar elemental tone to the Dirty Three's latest album – except this time the oceanic influence is replaced by snow and sky and rain.
  30. Feb 27, 2012
    60
    An album that could be the soundtrack to the most fucked-up cowboy movie yet to be made.
  31. Toward the Low Sun staggers to get that momentum, though it does achieve atonement through progression.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 25, 2012
    6
    Australian trio surprises the audience with their "Toward The Low Sun" and first on the list - very experimental & loud "Furnace Skies", thenAustralian trio surprises the audience with their "Toward The Low Sun" and first on the list - very experimental & loud "Furnace Skies", then little slowing down in "Sometimes I Forget You've Gone" - where they exhibited lots of piano parts. "Moon On The Land" - is a great folk song, a quiet ballad with violin stirring parties - as well as "Ashen Snow". Full Review »