The Great Destroyer

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The Great Destroyer
A painting of clouds with the album name offset
Studio album by Low
Released January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
Recorded 2004
Genre Slowcore
Length 52:48
Label Sub Pop
Producer Dave Fridmann
Low chronology
Trust
(2002)
The Great Destroyer
(2005)
Drums and Guns
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10[8]
Q 3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin A−[11]

The Great Destroyer is a 2005 album by the slowcore band Low. It was their first recording on Sub Pop Records.[2] "California", a song about Sparhawk's mother, was the first single, backed with a demo of "Cue the Strings".[12] A remix EP of "Monkey", entitled "Tonight the Monkeys Die", soon followed.[13] Music videos were created for both.[12][13]

The title of the album (as well as the song "Silver Rider") is taken from the story within the album art.[14]

In March 2009, the album had scored an 82 out of 100 (or "universal acclaim") on Metacritic.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Monkey" – 4:19
  2. "California" – 3:23
  3. "Everybody's Song" – 3:55
  4. "Silver Rider" – 5:03
  5. "Just Stand Back" – 3:04
  6. "On the Edge Of" – 3:49
  7. "Cue the Strings" – 3:30
  8. "Step" – 3:18
  9. "When I Go Deaf" – 4:41
  10. "Broadway (So Many People)" – 7:14
  11. "Pissing" – 5:08
  12. "Death of a Salesman" – 2:28
  13. "Walk into the Sea" – 2:56

Charts[edit]

Charts (2005) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) (Ultratop 50)[15] 67
France (SNEP)[16] 190
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 30
United Kingdom (OCC)[18] 72
United States Billboard Top Heatseekers[19] 13
Billboard Top Independent Albums[19] 19

"California"[edit]

California single cover


"California" is a single by Duluth, Minnesota slowcore group Low, released in 2004 from the album The Great Destroyer. It includes a QuickTime video for "Death of a Salesman."

Track listing
  1. "California" – 3:26
  2. "Cue the Strings" (Alternate Version) – 3:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for The Great Destroyer by Low". Metacritic. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "The Great Destroyer – Low". AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (March 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Blender (34): 141. Archived from the original on April 3, 2005. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ Chen, Steven (January 21, 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Entertainment Weekly: 88. 
  5. ^ Peschek, David (February 11, 2005). "Low, The Great Destroyer". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Low: The Great Destroyer". Mojo (135): 94. February 2005. 
  7. ^ "Low: The Great Destroyer". NME: 59. January 29, 2005. 
  8. ^ Raposa, David (January 26, 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Low: The Great Destroyer". Q (224): 100. March 2005. 
  10. ^ Fricke, David (February 10, 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Scholtes, Peter S. (February 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Spin. 21 (2): 91. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Sub Pop Records : Low : California Single
  13. ^ a b Sub Pop Records : Low : Tonight The Monkeys Die
  14. ^ RELEVANT Magazine - Low, The Great Destroyer
  15. ^ "Belgium: Top 100 Albums, Week Ending February 5, 2005". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  16. ^ "France: Top 200 Albums, Week Ending January 23, 2005". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Ireland: Top 75 Albums, Week Ending February 3, 2005". GfK. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  18. ^ "UK Chart position". ChartStats. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  19. ^ a b "The Great Destroyer Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-25.