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Boomkat Product Review:
'Things We Lost in the Fire' is for most people Low's finest moment and on its release in 2001 was universally praised by critics for finally nailing what the band had been hinting at for so long.
The album had fused the minimal experimentalism of 'Songs for a Dead Pilot' and the poppish flourishes of their early albums yet kept Alan Sparhawk's distinctive slow-core vision intact, leaving them with a coherent collection of accessible yet deeply personal and incredibly memorable tracks. Although they had previously achieved greatness, this record was finally the milestone that would eventually see them lean away from Kranky and sign to major indie label Sub Pop, and still stands as one of the most perfect albums of 2001.
Opening with one of my favourite Low tracks ever, the tear inducing 'Sunflower' (which just needs to be heard performed live.) the album couldn't be introduced any better, and then with consistent high points from tracks such as lead single 'Dinosaur Act' and the incredible 'Like A Forest' before ending on the deeply personal 'In Metal' there couldn't be a better way to sink into the greatness of one of the best American bands working today. For newcomers I don't think there's a better album to act as an introduction to Low, it has moments of experimentation side by side with their most effortless pop tracks, and represents the work of the band quite perfectly. Essential.