I Could Live in Hope

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I Could Live In Hope
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Studio album by Low
Released 5 December 1994 (1994-12-05)
Recorded Autumn 1994
Genre Slowcore, indie rock
Length 57:05
Label Vernon Yard
Producer Mark Kramer
Low chronology
I Could Live In Hope
(1994)
Long Division
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Martin C. Strong 7/10[2]
Music Story 4/5 stars[2]

I Could Live In Hope is the debut studio album by American band Low, released in 1994 on Vernon Yard Recordings. A reaction to the abrasiveness of alternative rock in the early 1990s —when grunge had a reigning popularity—, Low "eschewed conventional songwriting in favour of mood and movement."[3][4] Influenced by Brian Eno and Joy Division, the band favored slow-paced compositions, a minimum of instrumentation and an economy of language; working with long-time producer and New York underground mainstay Mark Kramer.[1][4][5][6] Featuring an "unprecedent pace in the then-flowering underground,"[4] I Could Live in Hope help to birth the genre known as slowcore, that would encompass acts from Bedhead to Codeine throughout the 1990s.[5]

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to I Could Live in Hope is adapted from Acclaimed Music, except where otherwise noted.[2]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Ned Raggett United States The Top 136 Albums of the Nineties 1999 37
Pitchfork Media Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s 1999 49
Les Inrockuptibles France 50 Years of Rock'n'Roll 2004 *
Ondarock Italy Rock Milestones *
Screenagers Poland Top 100 Albums of the 90s 2005 40
(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and John Nicols, except where indicated.

  1. "Words" – 5:45
  2. "Fear" – 2:12
  3. "Cut" – 5:43
  4. "Slide" – 3:46
  5. "Lazy" – 5:35
  6. "Lullaby" – 9:46
  7. "Sea" – 1:45
  8. "Down" – 7:24
  9. "Drag " – 5:11
  10. "Rope" – 6:11
  11. "Sunshine" – 2:59 (Oliver Hood; cover of You Are My Sunshine)

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of I Could Live in Hope.[7]

  • Producer - Mark Kramer
  • Producer assistant - Steve Watson
  • Artwork - Low
  • Inner sleeve photography - Gerree Small
Low

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor, Ken. "Review: I Could Live in Hope - Low". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Acclaimed Music – I Could Live in Hope. Acclaimed Music. Retrieved on February 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (October 30, 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 615. ISBN 978-1843531050. 
  4. ^ a b c Earles, Andrew (October 9, 2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996. Voyageur Press. pp. 177–178. ISBN 978-0760346488. 
  5. ^ a b Everhart, John (June 5, 2013). "Low Albums From Worst To Best". Stereogum. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ Sprague, David (April 1, 1995). "Vernon Yard/Virgin Is Counting on Low's 'Long-Division'". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). p. 14. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ Low (1994). I Could Live in Hope (Media notes). Vernon Yard Recordings.