The Glow Pt. 2

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The Glow Pt. 2
Microphones glow pt2.jpg
Studio album by The Microphones
Released September 25, 2001
Recorded May 23, 2000 - March 23, 2001
Dub Narcotic, Olympia, Washington
Length 66:38
Label K
Producer Phil Elvrum
The Microphones chronology
It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water
The Glow Pt. 2
Song Islands

The Glow Pt. 2 is the fifth studio album by The Microphones, released in September 2001 through K Records. It is considered by many to be The Microphones' definitive work.[citation needed] "The Glow" was the title of the fourth track on the band's previous album It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water. A reissue of the album which included a bonus disc of material was released by K Records in 2008.

According to the booklet that is included with the album, its cover originates from an antique Dutch cookbook titled "Calvé-Delft's Winterboekje", which was printed around 1940.[1][not in citation given]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 91%[2]
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound (A-)[4]
The Line of Best Fit (9.5/10)[5]
Pitchfork (9.2/10)[6]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine (A-)[8]
Under the Radar 9/10 stars[9]

Contemporary reviews of The Glow Pt. 2 upon release were generally positive. Pitchfork called the album an "alive" and "sprawling, swirling composition", while stating that "parts of The Glow Pt. 2 are absolutely breathtaking" due to its stereoscopic enhancements. They claimed that the album "exceeds even its predecessor [It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water] in capturing the simultaneous wrath and fragility of nature", and praised the title track as being "the single most breathtaking song on the album".[6] In their 2001 review of the album, PopMatters stated that The Microphones' approach to music is "free and idiosyncratic" and "constrained by few boundaries, a fact that allows them to travel through various unique musical lands".[10] Under the Radar wrote that The Glow Pt. 2 "encapsulates chaos with sparatic [sic] changes and bullets of sound" and labelled The Microphones as "one of the most original, interesting bands to come out in the last 3 years".[9] Similarly, in 2003 Stylus Magazine asserted that The Microphones "spew innovation every second of this disc" and that the album "promises something you have never heard before and delivers it, perhaps more than you’d expect".[8]

The Glow Pt. 2 received general critical acclaim upon reissues. In 2008, Exclaim! wrote that the album is "a brave new world where solar noise bursts over sprawling epics of the most intimate nature" and "it's clear age hasn’t tainted the kaleidoscopic Glow Pt. 2 in the least". They also called the Other Songs & Destroyed Versions disc "essential bonus material that only enhances the original experience".[11] Upon the album's reissue, Pitchfork stated that the album "remains [Elvrum's] crowning achievement" and that "seven years of imitation have done nothing to dull its impact-- it sounds as unaccountably grand now as it did in 2001". Like Exclaim!, they commended the bonus disc as containing "essential sketches of new material[...] which expand the album's already-deep relationship to nature". Although they stated "none of the new lyrics clarify the overarching story", Pitchfork affirmed that the new tracks "reveal a few more glimpses of a distant, haunting world that's all the more alluring for its incompleteness".[12] AllMusic awarded the album their "Album Pick" designation and described it as "epic", "dense with musical quick-changes, production tricks, and evocative imagery". They averred that "it's The Glow, Pt. 2's deep, nearly spiritual yearning that makes it the Microphones' most compelling album to date".[3] In their 2008 review of the reissue of The Glow Pt. 2, PopMatters stated that "Microphones fans will find Other Songs & Destroyed Versions more than worth the investment".[7]

After a second reissue of The Glow Pt. 2 in 2013, Consequence of Sound hailed the record as "a masterwork of sequencing as it bleeds and blends from track to track".[4] In its "Hidden treasures" column, The Guardian described the album as "a masterstroke" and "a millennial Daydream Nation".[13] The Line of Best Fit's 2013 review of several reissues of The Microphones' albums lauded The Glow Pt. 2 as an "essential work of modern indie".[5] Stereogum's retrospective feature on the album deemed that the album's "bond with listeners, as individuals, surpasses" its "critical success".[14] In 2013 PopMatters gave The Glow Pt. 2 a mixed review and stated that they'll "continue to appreciate Elverum’s work from afar—admiring it, yes, but not really loving it", despite previously giving the album two highly positive reviews.[15][10][7]


Publication Accolade Year Rank
Cokemachineglow Top 100 Albums of the 2000s[16] 2010 8
Pitchfork Top 20 Albums of 2001[17] 2001 1
The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s[18] 2009 73
Stylus Magazine The Top 50 Albums: 2000-2005[19] 2005 22
Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite 100 Albums of 2000-2009: 20-01[20] 2010 5

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Phil Elvrum

No. Title Length
1. "I Want Wind to Blow"   5:32
2. "The Glow Pt. 2"   4:58
3. "The Moon"   5:16
4. "Headless Horseman"   3:08
5. "My Roots Are Strong and Deep"   1:53
6. "Instrumental"   1:38
7. "The Mansion"   3:52
8. "(Something)"   1:38
9. "(Something)"   2:42
10. "I'll Not Contain You"   2:50
11. "The Gleam Pt. 2"   1:57
12. "Map"   5:00
13. "You'll Be in the Air"   2:41
14. "I Want to Be Cold"   1:41
15. "I Am Bored"   1:36
16. "I Felt My Size"   2:24
17. "Instrumental"   1:52
18. "I Felt Your Shape"   1:54
19. "Samurai Sword"   4:07
20. "My Warm Blood"   9:28


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States September 25, 2001 K Records CD KLP 133
double LP
United States April 4, 2008 K Records deluxe double CD KLP 190
deluxe triple LP
United States July 9, 2013 P. W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. double LP, digital download ELV 031


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