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Low Drums and Guns

Let's bury the hatchet Like The Beatles and The Stones, sings married couple Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker on "Hatchet," halfway through their band's latest album. That's one of the refreshing things about Low: While their music is intelligent, sometimes even somber, there's an underlying playfulness that conveys a genuine love for music. The lull of songs like "Breaker," with its sparse handclaps and wavering vocals, sets the tone of Drums and Guns, a comforting patchwork of indie ballads complemented by Sparhawk's and Parker's reassuring harmonies. The result is great music to both chill out and reflect to.

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