Staff Pick: Low continues to shake up its slow and steady reputation

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Low long ago outgrew its admittedly limiting reputation as "the slowest, quietest band on earth."

On recent albums, the Duluth, Minnesota crew, anchored as always by husband-wife duo Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (he sings and plays guitar, she sings and mans the drums), has explored everything from icy guitar jams to gently percolating turns steeped in electronic textures.

The band's tenth full-length, The Invisible Way, which was recorded alongside Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and surfaced early in 2013, is among its best, packing classically sparse, lovely tunes (the delicate, piano-kissed "Amethyst") alongside more adventurous cuts like the doomy, metal-tinged "On My Own" and "Just Make It Stop," which refuses to heed Parker's words, picking up steam as it rushes toward the finish. Slow and steady might win the race, but it's been a thrill to hear the musicians gradually give in to their more visceral urges.

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