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Trust (Rough Trade)

By: Cam Lindsay

On their sixth full-length album, Minnesota's Low has managed to further the sound they have now been working on for a decade. Low is no longer three quiet beings (Alan Sparhawk on guitar and vox, Mimi Parker on drums and vox and Zak Sally on bass) softly touching their instruments for the sake of keeping it minimal. Like the last two albums have shown, Low is interested in turning up the volume, incorporating different sounds and styles in the background, and even mixing in the slightest traces of pop music.

Trust sees the band switching producers from Steve Albini to themselves, with the help of Tchad Blake and Tom Herbert. The rawness of Albini's touch is missing, but that doesn't make any of it less haunting. Some surprises hit you like a Mack truck, like the Spacemen 3 embodiment on the first single "Canada" and the melodic "Last Snowstorm Of The Year", which both show that everyone needs loud guitar music from time to time. Other surprises aren't as in your face, like the subtle use of banjo and accordion on "In The Drugs" and the horns and glockenspiel that ever so gently grace the backdrop of "Little Argument With Myself".

Low is a cherished band, that rarely disappoint their fans, constantly releasing records that seem to improve as time goes by. Trust is even better than last year's Things We Lost in the Fire, which was fantastic. It seems to be a trend for them, an amazing one at that, too. A.

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