TITLE: Long Division
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: Nope
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Ummm…no
LINEUP: Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, Zak Sally
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Sparse, slow, elegant.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Up there, I said sparse, slow, elegant to describe the album in an nutshell. I don’t think anything else can describe this album.
The second long-player from Low digs into the slowcore, with beauty in slowness, in space, in minor keys and harmonies. But it doesn’t seem depressing all the way through. It even sounds uplifiting at times when they move from a very quiet and spase arrangement to something more ‘lively’.
Tracks like “Violence”, “Caroline”, and others were a definite antidote to the post-grunge clatter that was happening. In its quiet, angst and hope are delivered without sound-alike noise.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: AllMusic lists a track as written by the guys in .38 Special. Though it shares a title, and Low has covered some oddball tracks outside of their idiom, this is not that .38 Special song.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A: The more you listen, the more you’re enchanted by the slow elegance.