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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: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    87
    The album is like a discovery of a new mutation of still-recognizable DNA. And finally this new strain of sound isn’t just bold for Low; it’s just plain bold.
  5. Sep 28, 2018
    80
    The songs not only feel like they exist in a vacuum, but that they demand the listener create one too. It’s an important and serious album because it forces you to experience it as one, it asserts itself as the only thing you can concentrate on.
  6. Sep 18, 2018
    80
    With Double Negative, Low maintain all fronts of their fanbase. All the elements of the bands chilling atmospheres are there.
  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: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. 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
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Ugliness and beauty all the same. My favorite Low album ever. Wonderful surprise for a 12th album.
  3. Sep 21, 2018
    10
    Clearly their best since Things We Lost In the Fire,nothing short of brilliant...yes it's a bold new direction toward glitchy electronicClearly their best since Things We Lost In the Fire,nothing short of brilliant...yes it's a bold new direction toward glitchy electronic landscapes so they might lose few longstanding fans during the process but the rest of us got something to cherish and celebrate. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Sep 29, 2018
    8
    Double Negative is the bands best work since TWLITF and while it maintains a distinct low-fi, `late night' feel to it, the shift towards moreDouble Negative is the bands best work since TWLITF and while it maintains a distinct low-fi, `late night' feel to it, the shift towards more experimental glitch is a welcome addition. It remains fairly steady at the beginning with Dancing and Blood featuring a brilliant ambient tone and pulsating bass before dropping into Fly featuring a softer, more ethereal sound particularly in the vocals. The curve ball which Tempest throws drops the feel back to Dancing and Blood with a heavy distortion a brilliant dull thud on the bass as it builds towards a glitching outro with uncomfortable clicks. It’s a track where I found myself zoning out and being able to focus only on the music. The second half of the album from Always Trying to Work it out onwards is not ‘easier listening’ but the textures of each track are given more space to breath. Dancing and Fire has more of a return to their previous style than what is found here and much the same goes for Rome. Both stand out in style, but I didn’t find them to be out of place in any way.

    The most striking thing about the album is how well it all fits together despite its frequent and, often sudden, tonal shifts. It can be arresting to drop from one tone to another in a second, but under the vocal processing and distortions, the long drawn out beats and notes, Low remain with a clearly uniform style. It leaves the album feeling like singular piece where you start to notice similar patterns from earlier versus it feeling like a track-then-track album. It gives less of a track in isolation experience.
    It is perhaps their best album to date. The production here is as brilliant as it needs to be, and yet not too polished that it loses the low-fi feel that could have allowed some of the beats to come through more clearly.
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  6. 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
  7. 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

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