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I feel like I should have done, what are their strongest albums?
Get "Things We Lost In The Fire" or "Secret Name" first.
cos both have a run of albums that are all equally strong, but show different sides of them.
as starters, you cant go too wrong with 'knock knock' (which is slightly more upbeat and easier than 'dongs of sevotion') and 'things we lost in the fire' (which is slightly easier to get into than 'secret name', or 'the curtain hits the cast', but less straightforward then 'the great destroyer') etc etc
I'll check out those 4 albums. I like what I've heard from both but never had chance to properly delve into their collections.
It works as a good starting point too. But they are so great and their albums are uniformly excellent. I'd say maybe Secret Name and The Great Destroyer are just behind Things We Lost... though
Is The best (Smog) album. If anyone tells you anything different to this they are wrong.
Red Apple Falls is flawless. 'To Be Of Use' is 5mins 41secs of songwriting perfection.
i gave you my starting out reccomendations earleir for smog.
so for Low, I'm just going to give a bit list of albums. I love equally and in different ways, Drums & Guns, Trust, Things we..., Long Divison, Secret Name, I Could Live In Hope. i've seen a couple of Low threads like this go past and the outcome was basically "Low are consistently great and everyone has their own favourites, just try them all."
the ones after that are pretty good, never liked smog
Smog - Dongs of Sevotion
I've ordered those two
So they're both pretty prolific acts, as I'd suspected, I don't know how I've not got round to checking them out yet! General consensus = you've got a lot of good listening ahead.
my favourite album of his is Red Apple Falls, but Dongs of Sevotion, Wild Love and (as bill callahan) Woke On A Whaleheart are great too.