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    Low Lows, The – “Shining Violence ” – [Misra Records]

    I got to say, there is a lot of goop on this album. The voice, the guitar
    are often dripping with effect-laden, post-processola goop. Casting that
    aside (or stretching it out of the way) Parker Noon’s voice remains a
    trembling force, strength in frailty. The black eye from the last album’s
    artwork has healed, but the hurt is buried a lot of deeper. Not just
    filed next to Low, the Low Lows relish the contrast of a memorable
    melody sugar often juxtaposed against some sour lyrical pain that is hard to
    forget. Brass tactics do a nice job of polishing up the pride, and
    I should say that some of the guitar ooze from Daniel Rickard is of
    a more resonant resin. Sticks to the roof of your eardrums at times,
    he also likes to get the feedback just on the edge of whinnying. More
    sustained pain perhaps? Noon’s vocals often do the Rock 101 manuevuers
    to prolong syllables, he’s a solid garbled warbler in my book. Fire
    consumes here, moths and flames, and even the last album’s title shows
    up in the words to “Tigers.” “Disappearer” and “It May Be Low” (the
    latter with some thick ol’ bullfrog harmonies at the bottom of the
    lake) were nice. Low Low’s love to overdose on crescendoes, see the
    fuzzmuckers “Elizabeth Pier” and “Sparrows” as examples. I bet the
    demos of these tracks cut closer to the bone. Still those car-wrecked
    vox are hard to turn away from, darkness at Noon.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm
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