Low
Double Negative


4.5
superb

Review

by counterparts24 USER (8 Reviews)
November 20th, 2018 | 101 replies


Release Date: 09/14/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Waves of divine negativity and elegant sorrow, suspended in static.

Some albums aren’t meant to just simply be listened to. Some records are not meant to be thrown onto a turntable, spun, and be judged at the end of its run time by its face value, your opinion based solely on what you have heard. Rather, some albums are meant to be felt. They require a mental investment, a time and place where you can be alone, close your eyes, and immerse yourself in its aura. They have a necessity to encapsulate the listener in its clutch and hold their full, uninterrupted attention - and most importantly, their thoughts - from start to end, regardless of personal interests or current circumstances. If you are only a fan of music that can provide simple entertainment, only a fan of records that appeal to you at the surface, you might as well stop reading this right now, as you will only receive disappointment from here on out.

But for those willing to delve into an abyss of cathartic beauty, prepare yourself, for this just might be one of the most heart-rendering and intensely euphoric masterpieces you will hear this decade.

On “Double Negative,” Low has somehow managed to put together something that is nearly indescribable, something that words alone may never be able to give justice or full credit to. This thing is abrasive, yet melodic; gorgeous, yet depressing. It is a monstrous wall of sonic crackles, euphonious waves that swell and crash with impeccable timing, and the singing voices of a hundred mournful souls. The minute you put on your headphones and the intense, glitchy static of the opening track “Quorum” - reminiscent of the sound of crushing snow beneath your boots, magnified times ten - smacks you in the face like a one-ton brick, you are immediately catapulted into the grey skies above, the clouds floating around you as you slowly soar along. And then, you look down, only to feast your eyes upon a decaying world of collapsed houses, dying nature, a bleak, shadowy fog cast across the land, dark and infinite, swallowing everything in its path. You hover endlessly on your journey through the atmosphere, knowing there is no chance of saving the societal ruins below, yet you are okay with all of this, at peace with the knowledge of this planet’s inescapable demise. And even when a few shimmers of light break through the seemingly impenetrable darkness on tracks like “Dancing and Fire” and “Fly,” that feeling of hopelessness and melancholy keeps a firm grip on your shoulder, shattering your heart to bits.

There are many emotions to be identified throughout this record. Fear is stirred up on the haunting soundscapes of “The Son, The Sun.” Tranquility can be found in the mother-like female vocals and the rising crescendos and nadirs on “Always Up.” Anxiety and paranoia may be induced by the thumping bass drums and distorted samples on the track “Dancing and Blood.” But one emotion on “Double Negative,” as explained before, remains a constant: the persistent, numbing sting of dejection and misery, like frostbite, cold to the touch. And never before has dejection or misery felt this relaxing and magnificently sublime.

When the final, piercing punches of “Disarray” sound off and “Double Negative” comes to a close, you will plummet from the air at breakneck speeds, open your eyes just as you’re about to become one with the concrete, and come to your senses with a sudden realization; When the world is falling apart before you, all you can do is craft something beautiful out of the rubble. And “Double Negative” stands as testimony that this statement, to many, is more than enough.



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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


17052 Comments


Well now this is MUCH better than your Mumford review my man.

This album really needed to be covered so thanks for that. Heavy pos.

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counterparts24
November 20th 2018


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks! Yeah i didn't put much effort into the Mumford review, just wanted to write a corny diss out of boredom lol. And yeah this album def needed a review, was hard to find the right words but glad you enjoyed.

SandwichBubble
November 20th 2018


10527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Piss album, but glad it has a review.

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StallionMang
November 20th 2018


9000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whaaa

SandwichBubble
November 20th 2018


10527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I know, I know.



Also, Pos for a pretty good review. You really didn't deserve the blast for that Sons review

Lucman
November 20th 2018


3528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice! Have a pos. Great record.

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counterparts24
November 20th 2018


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol i got way too much hate for what was supposed to be a joke. Thanks for the pos Sandwich!

butcherboy
November 20th 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos for the review [2]..



but yea, the album is a bunch of dull penises dully pissing dull piss onto the dull sidewalk..

Tyler.
November 20th 2018


17534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol



Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


17052 Comments


I haven't checked it in full. The first track felt like an ear massage instead of music so I felt asleep after a couple of minutes. Seeing those scores this is gonna be interesting.

SandwichBubble
November 20th 2018


10527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

We're running the gamut of ratings here on page 1

Can a 3.0 please pop in to say hi?

counterparts24
November 20th 2018


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like I said in the review, it's an album that requires you to give it attention and just close your eyes and lose yourself in it in order to find the beauty in it. It's a love it or hate it album, most of those who hate it just deem it as dull noise, which I find funny because it's literally an ambient/drone record, its meant to be noise lol.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


17052 Comments


I did that! I closed my eyes... and passed out.

SandwichBubble
November 20th 2018


10527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Classic case of auditory starvation.

suppatime
November 20th 2018


1515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome review, this album is up there for me in the aoty talk.



just saw them live last week and they played a bunch of stuff off this and were incredible.

counterparts24
November 20th 2018


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol rip. By attention I also mean like awake enough to listen to an entire album without passing out. Or just listen in a place that's harder to sleep, like upright in a chair or something.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


17052 Comments


I have a tree branch next to my window. Gonna hang there bat style and give it a shot tonight ;)

counterparts24
November 20th 2018


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ayeee lmao

naughtcturnal
November 20th 2018


1383 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So glad to finally see a review of this on here. Gr8 write-up. Hard pos

Cimnele
November 20th 2018


1431 Comments


fantastic album



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