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The Invisible Way

Low
SUB POP
Since The Great Destroyer, Low seems compelled to hinge each successive album on the merit of one central idea, be that to rock out — not Low’s signature move — or to explore electronics. Surprisingly, Invisible both continues and breaks with that tradition, creating a record that embraces yet another thematic trope while managing to produce an album that beautifully and seamlessly blends into their earlier catalog. This time, Low (or at least their PR team) emphasizes production by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, whose presence implies a heavier country/folk influence, and does bring exactly that to the table; this is a good thing for Low. Both tracks “Plastic Cup” or “Amethyst” would be just as home here as on their seminal Things We Lost in the Fire. Low again proves their skill at self-reinvention without sacrificing their history.