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Double Negative


Double Negative

Twelfth studio album from the indie rock trio from Duluth, Minnesota

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    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.
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    This ranks alongside the likes of Anselm Kiefer and Cormac McCarthy as a document of contemporary social collapse, and as such is the most important, devastating album of the year
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  3. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    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
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  4. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Embrace Low’s inner austerity and hopelessness
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Low secure their name and unequivocally add their own personal stamp to a cryptic, romantic genre, one that makes you feel invincible when you’re actually falling apart
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    A dystopian masterpiece
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  7. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It is an astonishing album, cohesive but wide ranging, sometimes presenting Low as they were, more often seeing the trio forge on until guitars dissolve, words dissolve, flesh dissolves and everything becomes pure light
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  8. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Double Negative may be a rebellion against the hangups of the past — not as a change of outfit or even attitude, but as a way to feel out the world again, via method, not madness
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  9. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    If you’re looking for a challenge and aren’t afraid of the dark, you’re not likely to find a more satisfying album this year
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  10. 9.0 |   Uncut

    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. Print edition only

  11. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    The austere trio has profoundly warped their slowcore sound to create an ambitious, modern wonder of an album, an exploration of the song as an imperfect conduit of feeling
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    With Double Negative, LOW give you the tempest – the here, the now, the fear, the wonder – and they do it uncompromisingly
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    This is the sound of Low finding extremity in a new, thrilling way. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    This is Low's most challenging and interesting record for some time
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  15. 8.0 |   The Music

    Bold and powerful music, fusing the avant-garde and traditional song with both friction and harmony. It's unnerving, visceral and wholly compelling
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  16. 8.0 |   The 405

    With Double Negative, Low maintain all fronts of their fanbase. All the elements of the bands chilling atmospheres are there
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  17. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A quarter of a century after they founded, Low are back with a vital-sounding, politically-urgent record that's perhaps the best of their career
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  18. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Double Negative asks much of listeners, but what you get in return is positive to say the least
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  19. 7.0 |   Crack

    From the moment it begins, Double Negative sounds like being inside a violent storm, holding up a mirror to the turbulence of the world right now
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  20. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    The result is fearless and impressive, but often lacking in the kind of inviting musicality that encourages repeat listening. It’s a headphones record that holds its audience at a distance: admirably fascinating, but rarely addictive
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  21. 6.0 |   Mojo

    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. Print edition only

  22. 3.1 |   Earbuddy

    Leaves you feeling sad for the wrong reasons
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