Low - review of Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me
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Low, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me [Chairkickers]

from the Brain Volume IV Issue 40, 14 October 2001

Two new songs grace this CD single available now from Low on their Chair Kickers label. In addition, the disc comes with a very impressive music video for "Dinosaur Act" directed and edited by NY-based independent film enthusiast, sometime musician and fulltime fan Marc Gartman. Ironically enough, "Last Night I Dreamt,..." is possibly the -last- great Smiths song, yet the overall font and style theme of this single mimics the -first- Smiths release. "Last Night" is by far my favorite on their final album, strangely enough allegedly recorded -after- their split (without Johnny Marr and Morrissey even recording their studio sessions on the same days). The trio have been performing this live in the US to receptive audiences but reports tell the band was heckled in the Smiths' hometown of Manchester recently. While it's noted that the recordings took place at the home studio in Duluth, the emotionally heavy reverb makes it sound like it was recorded in an empty concert hall. The second track, "Because You Stood Still" is a climactic Low original which probably won't become one of my favorite Low tunes, yet it has the most natural mix of strings I have heard in a Low song since "Condescend" from 1997. Maybe one day Low will finally give in and release a nice compilation so I don't have all these great songs on individual singles,..

- Jon Whitney