Trust - Low
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  • Summary: The Duluth, MN indie band, known for their slow, sparse sound and vocal harmonies of husband and wife guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker, scored their biggest critical success yet with 2001's 'Things We Lost In The Fire.' This follow-up features 13 new songs (many of which haveThe Duluth, MN indie band, known for their slow, sparse sound and vocal harmonies of husband and wife guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker, scored their biggest critical success yet with 2001's 'Things We Lost In The Fire.' This follow-up features 13 new songs (many of which have been debuted live on recent tours) mixed by Tschad Blake. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. After a couple of trips through Trust, you might feel like I did -- uncertain whether you'd just had the best sex of your life, witnessed an astonishingly moving church service, or attended the funeral of a life-long friend.
  2. You still get the beautiful vocal combination of Sparhawk and Parker and the traditional less-is-more approach Low perfected several albums ago. Yet now you get a band that doesn't want to get stuck in the realm of slow-core, trying new things, redefining themselves. And it works beautifully on what is, undoubtedly, a triumph of an album.
  3. This is another great Low record: weighty and airy, compelling and quiet, eminently beautiful.
  4. 80
    While Low turns to touches less subtle than before on Trust, the drape of ambient tension over gently ramping repetitions results in the band's most assertive album to date.
  5. Trust is surprisingly uneven, but for Low, a modest step backward is still a step worth hearing and savoring.
  6. The album preserves their defining qualities: superb lyricism and powerful tension. But it's missing two key elements of Low's last outing. That is, the engaging songs and captivating production.
  7. Some of the most listless, unaffecting music the band has ever penned.

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  1. christophern
    Oct 8, 2002
    10
    One of the best of 2002.
  2. jesusl
    Dec 18, 2002
    9
    the best of 2002
  3. Jul 2, 2014
    7
    While a slight letdown after "Things We Lost In the Fire", "Trust" comfortably fits in with the rest of Low's work. It has all the keyWhile a slight letdown after "Things We Lost In the Fire", "Trust" comfortably fits in with the rest of Low's work. It has all the key elements of a great Low in that its heavy, beautiful, dreary and seeping in atmosphere. "Trust" is an album that requires rather than demands your attention in order to be fully seen and one that I found hard to pin down. It can be hard work but it's an equally satisfying listen. At the record's heart is the brilliant "Last Snowstorm of the Year" and it feels like everything builds and then recovers from this piece in the middle. Expand

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