The Invisible Way

Low - The Invisible Way
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #318 / 1100
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2013 Ratings: #299
Liked by 5 people
March 19, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
Jeff Tweedy / Producer / Website
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A.V. Club

It’s as if Low has taken its tried-and-true songwriting formula—a slow buildup into a smoldering climax—and stretched it to the length of an entire album. And an entirely superb one.


There’s a majestic soulfulness here too that makes The Invisible Way one of their strongest, most coherent works.


Low have changed over the years, but they’ve remained vital, and The Invisible Way is one heck of a birthday present for the rest of us.

The Fly

Their 11th album, ‘The Invisible Way’, sounds so cleanly born and so fully satisfying that, by the measure of previous albums, it won’t change their position in the industry one bit. 


The Low we encounter on 'The Invisible Way' appears to have undergone an inversion; it is no longer Sparhawk's mildly irascible voice which dominates. 


The album sounds so good-- and so quintessentially Low-- that the music distracts from the occasionally weak songwriting, which is just what it’s supposed to do.

Beats Per Minute

The songs on the album sound as if they’ve come together quickly and naturally, which is also good from the listener’s perspective as none can be heard as too challenging or overwrought.

No Ripcord

Hiring Jeff Tweedy to helm The Invisible Way takes Low into a slightly new direction, but still finds them at a happy confluence of beauty and drabness that shows their strengths as versatile, low-key performers. 

The 405

While half the record has my tongue tangling itself up with rampant hyperbole, there is no shortage of lesser songs here.

Consequence of Sound

True to its penchant for understatement, Low has marked two decades and ten albums with a humble, intimate LP.

Drowned in Sound

The Invisible Way is above all a record that’s comforting in its familiarity and reliability. It’s the sound of Low passing up the opportunity for a twentieth-anniversary blow-out and opting instead for a quiet get-together with old friends.


If Low is a tricycle, then Invisible Way finds them slowed by one seriously flat tire.

Under The Radar

The Invisible Way may be a distillation of previous outings, but the new production style and emphasis on feminine vocals is a welcome change for a group that experienced some growing pains this decade. 


Even though this is my least favorite so far, it is still a very good solid album. At times a bit too predictable and generic indie folk cliches her and there but overall the vibe is nice and tracks like on my own lift it up quite a bit.


My 4th Low album, I randomly chose to listen to next.

Full of their amazing production and sound throughout, with the first 3 tracks becoming stand out. It does start to teeter off with some really lackluster songwriting as the record goes along that can become noticeable. But, It’s still a gorgeous album.



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Track List

  1. Plastic Cup
  2. Amethyst
  3. So Blue
  4. Holy Ghost
  5. Waiting
  6. Clarence White
  7. Four Score
  8. Just Make It Stop
  9. Mother
  10. On My Own
  11. To Our Knees

Year End Lists

#109/Under the Radar
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Added on: November 28, 2012