The Invisible Way

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The Invisible Way
Low - The Invisible Way.jpg
Studio album by Low
Released March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
Genre Indie rock, folk rock, slowcore
Length 41:01
Label Sub Pop
Producer Jeff Tweedy
Low chronology
C'mon
(2011)C'mon2011
The Invisible Way
(2013)
Ones and Sixes
(2015)Ones and Sixes2015

The Invisible Way is the tenth full-length album by Low, released in 2013 by Sub Pop.[1] It is produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and recorded at Wilco's studio in Chicago.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club A-[5]
BBC Music (favourable)[6]
Consequence of Sound C+[7]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[8]
Paste 6.5/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10.0[10]
The New York Times (mixed)[11]
Slant 2.5/5 stars[12]
Spin 7/10[13]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 36 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[3]

In his review for The A.V. Club, critic Jason Heller praised the band's longevity and said that "it's as if Low has taken its tried-and-true songwriting formula — a slow buildup into a smoldering climax — and stretched it to the length of an entire album." Heller called the album "superb."[5] Fred Thomas of AllMusic liked the album's "brilliant production values and carefully curated arrangements" and said that The Invisible Way showed "a band decades into making music but still in a very real state of evolution."[4]

In a less favorable review, Slant Magazine's Jordan Mainzer complained that "not even Sparhawk and Parker's subtle guitar, drum flourishes, and beautifully weary voices can save some of The Invisible Way's worst tracks" and said that the album "makes it clear just how little they've evolved."[12] Another reviewer, Tom Hughes of The Quietus, noted that "at best, Tweedy's soft production compliments and highlights the otherworldly splendour of their harmonies; at worst it's predictably concealed, failing to disguise the more inferior songs and lyrical blankness, leaving behind a fairly mixed bag."[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Low.

No. Title Length
1. "Plastic Cup" 3:01
2. "Amethyst" 5:20
3. "So Blue (So Young)" 4:23
4. "Holy Ghost" 3:06
5. "Waiting" 2:37
6. "Clarence White" 3:47
7. "Four Score" 2:56
8. "Just Make It Stop" 4:08
9. "Mother" 2:52
10. "On My Own" 5:43
11. "To Our Knees" 3:08

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sub Pop Records  : Low : The Invisible Way". 
  2. ^ "Low Announce New Album The Invisible Way, Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy". 
  3. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The Invisible Way". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "The Invisible Way - Low". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Heller, Jason (March 19, 2013). "The Invisible Way - Low". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Whitelaw, Paul (March 13, 2013). "Review of Low - The Invisible Way". BBC Online. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Geffen, Sasha (March 18, 2013). "Low – The Invisible Way". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cooper-Gavin, Dan (18 March 2013). "Low - The Invisible Way". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (March 19, 2013). "Low: The Invisible Way". Paste. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (21 March 2013). "Low: The Invisible Way". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon (18 March 2013). "Albums by Low and Phosphorescent". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mainzer, Jordan (April 1, 2013). "Low - The Invisible Way". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ Gross, Joe (March 22, 2013). "Low, 'The Invisible Way' (Sub Pop)". Spin. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ Hughes, Tom (April 5, 2013). "Low". The Quietus. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 

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