The Invisible Way
Label: Sub Pop Records
Low's 10th album, and a marker of their 20-year anniversary as a band, The Invisible Way sounds less celebratory than you might expect. "I know I shouldn't be afraid," they sing on "Clarence White," but fear runs through the album like an oncoming headache. Time "makes you choose between two lies"; love "got caught up in the forest, in the branches of the trees." No matter how dark, though, they've never sounded more alive. Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in his Chicago studio, the record is as stripped down as an old chair, but it bursts at the seams with raw emotion.