from CMJ Issue 524, 2 June 1997.
Low's switch from big indie Caroline to lowprofile indie Kranky hasn't affected the band's output in the slightest. On this one-off single on Sub Pop, the trio presents two contrasting tunes. "Venus" is one of Low's more 'jaunty' melodies, a tender pop tune with a classic title that showcases the band's signature intertwining of the beautiful voices of guitarist Alan Sparhawk and percussionist Mimi Parker. The tune is counteracted by the B-side's "Boyfriends & Girlfriends," a haunting, sparse tune of sedated bass guitar and drum rhythms and Sparhawk's rueful vocals.
- DAWN SUTTER: CMJ New Music Report Issue: 524 - Jun 2, 1997