I Could Live in Hope

Low - I Could Live in Hope
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1994 Ratings: #138 / 388
User Score
Based on 228 ratings
1994 Ratings: #44
Liked by 19 people
February 18, 1994 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vernon Yard / Label
Kramer / Producer
Slowcore / Genres
chairkickers.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

I Could Live in Hope is an incredibly joyous journey of spirit and songwriting sensibility.

80
Uncut
Minimal right down to its 11 single-word titles, their Kramer-produced debut owes an obvious debt to Galaxie 500 and Red House Painters, yet these hazy funeral marches and pared-down laments make for a remarkable and haunting introduction.
luna128
98
surprised this isnt a /mu/ classic
Melancoholic
55
Average.
pressrg
82
**Ahem, forgive the blasphemy below. Yeah, I love it now. Love the single-word titles, too.**

I adore Long Division and The Curtain Hits the Cast, but I've never much cared for Low's debut, whose tonal palette has always felt more scattered, even unsettling. It certainly has its moments—most noticeably the tour de force that is "Drag"—but otherwise feels discomfiting and uprooted: not so much stark as unadorned.
JayCrackers
88
Although I Could Live in Hope may feel dragged out in parts, nothing can deny the emotional power this record has and the impressive ultilization of minimalism to create an introspective and lonely feeling within the listener

Track Review

Words 10/10
Fear 8.5/10.
Cut 9/10
Slide 9/10
Lazy 9.5/10
Lullaby 10/10
Sea 8/10
Down 8.5/10.
Drag 8.5/10.
Rope 8/10
Sunshine 7.5/10.

Average: 8.8/10
WittyMiki
92
Lullaby makes me want to cry so bad
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