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Low Lows, The – “Fire On The Bright Sky ” – [Warm]

Thurston Hunger   1/3/2007   A Library, CD

A couple of times on first listening to this, I was overcome with wistful
deja vu…and now I see that this is a sweet scion of the former “Parker
and Lily” project, taking on the name of that band’s last album as this
band’s name. Reincarnation’s alright by me. The slow, soulful and doleful
rock vibe here lives on and on. On second listen to this, Parker Noon’s
vocals seem to be ripped from the phantom heart of AM radio, and help
instill that overpowering chill that make for a killer backdrop to the
Soprano’s end credits. Noon’s slow stringing out of sentences makes for
a perfect bed to absorb a recent shock, i.e. boom, Carmela just killed
Paulie…cue the Low Lows. Lots of times having someone in the band
handle the recording is a kiss o’ death, but here Daniel Rickard does
a tremololendous job. There’s got to be some sort of Faustian mic deal
involved…the vocals seem like they are emanating from the black eye
of Kate Zimmerman’s portrait photo in the liner notes. Pedal steel is
along as a weeping Greek chorus on many of the tracks, the guitars
ache with distortion. Drums punctuate the pain, tons of space for
reflecting. A couple of times, songs seem to be on the verge of passing
out, but that distant near yodel, high lonesome Low Low Noon song calls
us back. To wit, check out “White Liner” and “Sara Jane”, especially
the latter. Molto adagio meets Moltisanti?

-Thurston Hunger

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