Ones and Sixes - Rolling Stone
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Ones and Sixes

Indie-pop minimalists explore new sounds on catchiest LP yet

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Low have been indie rock's most economical songwriters for 20 years and running, but their 11th LP takes a bold step toward pop. "What Part of Me," with its upbeat percussion, fuzzy guitar textures and sweet harmonized lyrics about relationship boundaries ("What part of me don't you own?"), feels like a sideways response to the post-1989 maximalism of today's Top 40; "Into You" is a gospel-inflected, subtly sexy slow jam; and "The Innocents" sets accusatory vocals over a crunching electro-industrial beat, all to excellent effect. Elsewhere, on the gentle, pained duet "Lies," Low remind us they're still masters of doing a lot with a little.

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