The Curtain Hits the Cast

Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 49 ratings
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August 13, 1996 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vernon Yard Recordings / Label
Slowcore / Genres / Website
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While this album may have some uninteresting moments, it’s overall a very beautiful experience.
I feel like this is an improved version of Long Division. They went full ambient and created possibly the slowest slowcore record ever. The sounds are stunningly beautiful and dynamic for such a minimalist record, but on the other hand I guess such a slow-burn may alienate some listeners and that's comprehensible too.
This is also their most tense record yet, even more so than I Could Live In Hope but in a subtler way, letting the tension creep up until its climax in "Do You Know How To ... read more
Pallbearers for the slow, indeed, Low's third album features their best songwriting to date, and its subtle dynamics, incorporation of silence, and heart-rending desperation—perhaps best surfacing on a cut like "Coattails"—navigate the latent terrors of the sublime. The record is sequenced near perfectly, particularly in its closure, with the droning, epic, and gradually inclined noise of three-chord opus "Do You Know How To Waltz" giving way to the gentle ... read more
Where there is beauty in sadness there is Low to put a warm melody to it. The Curtain Hits the Cast is an elegant waltz through life's small tragedies, treasuring every memory and empathizing with every tearful breakdown. As slowcore goes, it's a classic.
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Added on: November 23, 2014