The Glow Pt. 2

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The Glow Pt. 2
The Glow Pt. 2 (Front Cover).png
Studio album by The Microphones
Released September 25, 2001
Recorded May 23, 2000 – March 23, 2001
Studio Dub Narcotic, Olympia, Washington
Length 66:38
Label K
Producer Phil Elverum
The Microphones chronology
The Glow Pt. 2
Song Islands
(2002)Song Islands2002

The Glow Pt. 2 is the third studio album by American indie rock band The Microphones, released in September 2001 through K Records. It is considered by many to be The Microphones' definitive work.[1] "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.

As credited in the album's liner notes, the cover of The Glow Pt. 2 originates from an antique Dutch cookbook entitled Calvé-Delft's Winterboekje, which was printed around 1940.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound A−[4]
The Line of Best Fit 9.5/10[5]
Pitchfork 9.3/10[6]
PopMatters 9/10[7]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[8]
Stylus Magazine A−[9]
Under the Radar 9/10[10]

Contemporary reviews of The Glow Pt. 2 upon release were generally positive. Matt LeMay of 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.[6] LeMay felt that the album "exceeds even its predecessor 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] Dave Heaton of PopMatters described The Microphones' approach to music as "free and idiosyncratic" and "constrained by few boundaries, a fact that allows them to travel through various unique musical lands".[11] Writing in Under the Radar, Wendy Lynch stated 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".[10] Stylus Magazine's Tyler Martin 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".[9] Heather Phares of AllMusic stated that "it's The Glow, Pt. 2's deep, nearly spiritual yearning that makes it the Microphones' most compelling album to date."[3]


Retrospective reviews of The Glow Pt. 2 have expressed more general critical acclaim for the album. In a review of the album's 2008 re-issue, Brian Howe of Pitchfork stated that The Glow Pt. 2 remained to be Phil Elverum'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".[12] Brock Thiessen of Exclaim! described the album as "a brave new world where solar noise bursts over sprawling epics of the most intimate nature" and stated that "it's clear age hasn't tainted the kaleidoscopic Glow Pt. 2 in the least".[13] Both reviews praised the bonus material on Other Songs & Destroyed Versions as essential,[13] with the latter asserting that while "none of the new lyrics clarify the overarching story", the new tracks "reveal a few more glimpses of a distant, haunting world that's all the more alluring for its incompleteness".[12] Writing for PopMatters, Dan Raper 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, Colin Joyce of Consequence of Sound hailed the record as "a masterwork of sequencing as it bleeds and blends from track to track".[4] Dan Hancox, writing for The Guardian in its "Hidden treasures" column, described the album as "a masterstroke" and "a millennial Daydream Nation".[14] The Line of Best Fit lauded The Glow Pt. 2 as an "essential work of modern indie",[5] while Stereogum's retrospective feature on the album stated that the album's "bond with listeners, as individuals," surpasses its critical success.[15]


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 tracks written by Phil Elverum.

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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