Ones and Sixes

Low - Ones and Sixes
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Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #178 / 977
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Based on 114 ratings
2015 Ratings: #135
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The band's strengths are here in abundance, but they are reimagined, twisted into new shapes and given a visceral intensity that is utterly irresistible.

It is arguable that Ones And Sixes is their most fully integrated album to date – a richly satisfying and coherent work drawing together many of the different strands of their career so far.


Their effortless and full harmonies are one of the main strengths of any record the band puts out, and they provide the hearth to keep you comfortable on an icier record than you may be used to.

The Skinny

Ones and Sixes weaves together the strongest elements of their 22-year career – from slowcore sparseness to wiry post-punk to glorious sadrock – and while the results feel as mournfully doom-laden as ever, they still tingle the spine like no-one else.

Drowned in Sound

 It’s another subtly heart-rending effort from a band that remains one of the very finest in the world.

The Guardian

Ones and Sixes, their 11th, moves their sound on from the warm guitars of 2013’s Jeff Tweedy-produced The Invisible Way into colder, starker territory, striking a balance between their majestic, slow-moving melancholy and harsher experimental noise.


Ones and Sixes often flares with that kind of tension musically and lyrically.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Their song selection hasn’t been this stellar since Trust way back in 2002. It’s brimming with potential new favorites.


Low has reached a comfortable but engaging stride creating music that consistently seems to be at odds with itself. Ones and Sixes is all at once beautiful, ugly, tense, warm, inviting and repellent.

Under The Radar

It's probably not possible for Low to ever make a bad record (Parker and Sparhawk sing together here with preternatural beauty, as ever), but Ones and Sixes isn't the place to start. Or finish.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s difficult not to be enamoured with Ones and Sixes ... this record indicates no end to the creativity of a commercially undervalued act whose longevity was never prophesised.

A.V. Club

The spirit animal of this record is a menacing throb, the synthetic pulse of an artificial heartbeat that veers unevenly throughout Ones And Sixes. It’s an impressive record, but a difficult one.


For the most part, Low has sustained a steady career by never being anyone’s next big thing. Yet Ones and Sixes is surprising for sounding very much of the moment.


Even if 'Ones And Sixes' doesn't end up the proverbial fan favourite, it maintains Low's status as a reliably moving creative partnership.

Rolling Stone

Their 11th LP takes a bold step toward pop.

Consequence of Sound

The guitars sound scorched, and the drum machine loops are crushed. But this is not Low’s Yeezus. Sparhawk and Parker’s vocals remain as smoky and ethereal as ever, rather than grasping for shouts and screams to fit their new flourishes.


While some may argue that ‘Ones and Sixes’ sounds too familiar, it could be said that the trio are simply playing to their strengths. Building a wonderful electronic backdrop to complement their talent for striking vocal arrangements and minimalist guitars.


Ones and Sixes is a brave effort that stands apart from much of Low's work, and there are certainly glimpses of their dour beauty on these 12 songs, but in the final analysis this is an album that fails more often than it triumphs.

The Church of Low continues and as per the usual they sound like a weird cult based around singing disconcertingly pure and unaffected vocals over foreboding hymn-like dirges.

They probably want to feast on our souls.
In addition to revisiting my 2015 year list, I'll be going back to albums that either didn't make said feature or I was totally unaware of. I may very well end up doing a redux list a la YMS' Top 10 ___ of ____ so don't take the ratings too seriously as I'll probably come back to these albums regularly to update the score.

I'm not well versed in Low's sound so apologies if I'm completely missing the point on here but with comparisons to the likes of Kozelek, I was keen to get into their stuff ... read more
I haven't listened to Low in awhile, so don't know how they have evolved over time, but I really dig the synthetic drum sound to go along with their richly textured, pensive slowcore rock. Very pretty.
Yeah, this fucking sucks
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Added on: June 23, 2015