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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for the indie rock trio was produced by B.J. Burton.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Aug 29, 2018
    100
    Not since Bon Iver’s aforementioned reinvention or even Radiohead’s Kid A have a relatively mainstream band made such an assured volte-face, wilfully pushing their audience away while they revisit, remake and remodel the tension that made them so very precious in the first place. Fierce and beautiful. Low are back.
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    100
    Double Negative is an album that will endure for a long time. It’s a thrilling development that proves how Low continue to release music of extremely high standards, restlessly creative and never content to stand still.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 29, 2018
    90
    Double Negative is their biggest step forward to date, an album that scrambles their sound completely; it sounds nothing like Low and everything like Low. ... Low have made what might be their most relevant album, one that holds a mirror up tot he world. [Oct 2018, p.18]
  4. 90
    An album rich in darkness and in texture, finding Low in experimental sublimity, further reminding us that their range has only gotten exceptionally larger and better over time.
  5. Under The Radar
    Sep 10, 2018
    85
    While a somewhat disorientating experience, this is Low's most challenging and interesting record for sometime. [Aug - Oct 2018, p.79]
  6. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Double Negative is a magnificent and courageous record, if you’re ready for it.
  7. Mojo
    Aug 29, 2018
    60
    Some of the vocal processing, though pushed to the extreme, will be a little familiar to Bon Iver fans/sceptics. Persevere, though, and yet more classic Low songs emerge from the post-apocalyptic murk. [Oct 2018, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Ugliness and beauty all the same. My favorite Low album ever. Wonderful surprise for a 12th album.
  2. Sep 19, 2018
    10
    A complete curveball from a band I've loved for a long time. Wrecked lullabies for a world careening out of control. A little bit of aA complete curveball from a band I've loved for a long time. Wrecked lullabies for a world careening out of control. A little bit of a difficult listen, especially at first, but there is still beauty even in Low's most hellish hymns. Expand
  3. Sep 19, 2018
    10
    A hugely significant album from an already consistently brilliant and underrated band. It's certainly the biggest statement they've made sinceA hugely significant album from an already consistently brilliant and underrated band. It's certainly the biggest statement they've made since Drums & Guns and perhaps one of their most challenging, but I can't stop listening to it and reveling in it's dense layers and various surprises and interludes. My favorite tracks right now are Quorum, Tempest, Poor Sucker and Disarray but I also like Fly, Always Up and Always Trying to Work it Out. It almost feels arbitrary choosing favorites though as the album really works well as a full listening experience; tracks bleeding and rolling into each other. In terms of sounds it's a mix of experimental and sometimes abrasive elements with the bands typically pristine and delicate vocals twisted and distorted more so than ever before on certain tracks, and quieter and even sometimes more ambient moments yet much of the album is still weighted with a sense of despair and ugliness as a reflection of the current sociopolitical climate. There are moments of beauty, such as the elegant Fly and the grandeur of Always Up, but there's a pervading feeling of fear and sadness. I understand why some people might be put off by it but I'm really enjoying the exploration of sounds and the message in the music. You can tell that a lot of care was put into this and it really paid off in my option; I think it's a truly sensational work of art and a stellar album. Expand
  4. Sep 15, 2018
    10
    I've been a Low fan since the 90s and this may be my favorite album. The rough textures just seem to highlight the beautiful tension of theseI've been a Low fan since the 90s and this may be my favorite album. The rough textures just seem to highlight the beautiful tension of these songs. A hundred listens in and I still find the music more rewarding each time through. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2018
    8
    Sometimes we appreciate music as a work of art and not what you want to be on the radio. This album isn't for everyone but it has a industrialSometimes we appreciate music as a work of art and not what you want to be on the radio. This album isn't for everyone but it has a industrial and minimalistic beauty to it. The vocals on Dancing and Blood are hauntingly beautiful. Some experimentation on certain tracks may feel weird to the listener, for example the vocal fading in and out in Quorum and the static white noise present throughout the track. This was the first time i've listened to anything by Low, looking forward to listen to their discography after this interesting album. Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2018
    3
    While the first half of this album is all but completely unlistenable, if you stick with it the songs on the back half range from horrendousWhile the first half of this album is all but completely unlistenable, if you stick with it the songs on the back half range from horrendous to merely awful. This is not art. This is often not even music. This is pure pretentiousness. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2018
    3
    Terrible album. Sometimes I wonder why people rage about elitist music critics that have no sense of what people actually want to listen to.Terrible album. Sometimes I wonder why people rage about elitist music critics that have no sense of what people actually want to listen to. Then you hear a piece of well reviewed trash like this and you can understand what people are talking about. Absolute unlistenable garbage. Expand

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