Last year, Robert Plant covered two Low songs on his Band of Joy album. For some, such
recognition from a rock colossus might be a career highpoint on which to
retire. But not Low, thankfully, who are
back after a four-year hiatus. Rather than continue where they left off with
the stark, atmospheric Drums and Guns,
Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker revisit the fuller, more expansive sound of
2004’s The Great Destroyer, imbuing
their music with a fresh sense of immediacy and fleshing out the instrumental
range with help from Nels Cline (lap steel) and Caitlin Moe (violin).
This wider frame for Low’s unhurried, spartan melodies
and haunting vocal harmonies works wonders, but the strongest material
emphasizes a sense of contrast and tension between their hymn-like, affecting
side and occasionally harsher, more austere textures. C’mon marks the return of a band that’s still growing and exploring new avenues.
While, overall, this may not be their best work, it certainly features tracks
that rank among their finest.
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