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Ones and Sixes

Low

Ones and Sixes

Eleventh studio album of slowcore indie rock and dream pop from the Minnesota trio, recorded at Justin Vernon's studio and features contributions from Wilco's Glenn Kotche

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Sub Pop
UK Release date
11/09/2015
US Release date
11/09/2015
  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    The band's strengths are here in abundance, but they are reimagined, twisted into new shapes and given a visceral intensity that is utterly irresistible
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    That they are still here, making consistently excellent albums 20 years into their career, is a major triumph
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  3. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    The best Low albums always feel like a voyage into darkened melancholy where a flickering flame refuses to go out. Ones and Sixes is an even chillier journey than usual, but it’s also an opportunity for the flame’s resilience to stand out even more
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  4. 8.0 |   NOW

    It's no homage or gimmicky callback to some other era, and sounds as contemporary as anything can in our fractured, collective cultural moment
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Time to revisit that back catalogue and bask in its beautiful gloom
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  6. 8.0 |   Spin

    Album closer “DJ” sticks out on paper but unfurls patiently, so patiently, like someone who takes their time getting to the end of an argument they already know they’ve won
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Ones and Sixes is an ear-pricking listen, particularly on headphones
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  8. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    There’s so much sweet in the bitter here that one might be inclined to think that this is music anyone could get into. But these are songs for Low fans
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  9. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    There aren't many bands that last as long as Low, never mind bands that continue to produce some of their best work into their third decade
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Never rushed, never cheery; simply masters of their craft
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    Amid the slow-motion guitars, brooding drums and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s entwined singing lies a nicely judged degree of invention
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  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If you needed a reminder of why Low are an institution then this is it…
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  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Low have made one of the most impressive albums of their career and it still feels like their best work is ahead of them
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    Brooding familiarity yet coolly exhilarating. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's odd to hear the omnipresent darkness in their work made so overt and cinematic, but refreshing too
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  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Ones And Sixes finds them producing some of their best work in years
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  17. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    As always with Low, the beauty is all about the details
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  18. 7.6 |   Earbuddy

    Ones and Sixes stands up as another worthwhile release and continues to cement Low’s legacy as slowcore’s best band
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  19. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    An impressive record, but a difficult one
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  20. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This record indicates no end to the creativity of a commercially undervalued act whose longevity was never prophesised
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  21. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Like Low's other inessential records, most of these tracks are melodically sound and often as moving as their best moments
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  22. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Ones and Sixes is the sound of Low operating in a different gear
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  23. 7.0 |   The Music

    Low remain a haunting thing that can seep into you, but there's maybe a more insistent desire for you to feel and share their melancholy
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  24. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Low has made a career out of examining loneliness
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  25. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Low remind us they're still masters of doing a lot with a little
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  26. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    At this point, an album doesn’t need to be slow, quiet, or sparse to be Low. It just needs to be a passionate, cathartic, connective emotional experience. For the most part, Ones and Sixes fits that bill
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  27. 6.0 |   DIY

    While some may argue that ‘Ones and Sixes’ sounds too familiar, it could be said that the trio are simply playing to their strengths
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  28. 6.0 |   All Music

    Slowcore innovators use noisy electronics to give their music a new texture, with middling results
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