Low: C'mon  

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On first listen, the new album from slowcore pioneers Low is reminiscent of their best album to date, 2001's beautiful, deliberate Things We Lost in the Fire. Opening track "Try to Sleep" is classic Low: all repetition, harmony, blooming gorgeousness and slight sadness. By turns, Low's recorded output through the last decade has embraced studio bombast (The Great Destroyer) and carried a blatantly political charge (Drums and Guns). C'mon is an unassuming work in comparison. But reserve is what the group does best, as sparse, haunting tunes like "Majesty/Magic" can attest. As on every record since Fire, there are semi-duds, like the Mimi Parker-sung "Especially Me." But these weaker tracks can't detract from the power of others like "Nothing But Heart," the eight-minute blockbuster that ranks up there with the band's boldest and bloodiest songs. One thing hasn't changed: Low still knows how to break your heart. (4 out of 5 stars)


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