Best Album of the Past 12 Months
Ones and Sixes, Low
Low delivered one of the best albums of their career more than two decades after the release of their debut. That not only speaks to their endurance within the ever-changing music industry, but also the remarkable creative talent that lies at the heart of the Duluth trio. The 12 stirring songs that make up their recent release for Sub Pop showcase the unhurried, emotional arrangements that have become their trademark. Ones and Sixes also features the insightful, penetrating lyrics of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, who add their poignant poetry to the hushed elegance of the songs. It would be easy to repeat yourself when you're working within the minimalistic sonic parameters that Low frequent, but the band continue to add new, invigorating twists to their somber sound. Ones and Sixes represents a stellar late-period addition to an already distinguished catalog from a North Country band that continues to grow and prosper with each release.