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
Length 52:48
Label Sub Pop
Producer Dave Fridmann
Low chronology
Trust
(2002)Trust2002
The Great Destroyer
(2005)
Drums and Guns
(2007)Drums and Guns2007

The Great Destroyer is the seventh studio album by American indie rock band Low. It was released on January 25, 2005 as their first recording on Sub Pop Records.[1]

"California", a song about Sparhawk's mother, was released as the album's first single, backed with a demo of "Cue the Strings".[2] A remix EP of "Monkey", entitled "Tonight the Monkeys Die", soon followed.[3] Music videos were created for both.[2][3]

The title of the album (as well as the song "Silver Rider") is taken from the story within the album art.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
Mojo4/5 stars[9]
NME8/10[10]
Pitchfork5.5/10[11]
Q3/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
SpinA−[14]

The Great Destroyer holds a score of 82 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim", on the review aggregate website Metacritic.[5]

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]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 67
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 190
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 72
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 13
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 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 Phares, Heather. "The Great Destroyer – Low". AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Sub Pop Records : Low : California Single
  3. ^ a b Sub Pop Records : Low : Tonight The Monkeys Die
  4. ^ RELEVANT Magazine - Low, The Great Destroyer
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for The Great Destroyer by Low". Metacritic. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wolk, Douglas (March 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Blender (34): 141. Archived from the original on April 3, 2005. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Chen, Steven (January 21, 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Entertainment Weekly: 88. 
  8. ^ Peschek, David (February 11, 2005). "Low, The Great Destroyer". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Low: The Great Destroyer". Mojo (135): 94. February 2005. 
  10. ^ "Low: The Great Destroyer". NME: 59. January 29, 2005. 
  11. ^ Raposa, David (January 26, 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Low: The Great Destroyer". Q (224): 100. March 2005. 
  13. ^ Fricke, David (February 10, 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Scholtes, Peter S. (February 2005). "Low: The Great Destroyer". Spin. 21 (2): 91. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Low – The Great Destroyer" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Low – The Great Destroyer". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 5, 2005". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "Low Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  20. ^ "Low Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2011.