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Low Skies
All The Love I Could Find
Flameshovel

Rating: 8/10 ?


April 17, 2006
Imagine an entire album where Jeff Buckley and Radiohead collaborate. Now lower your expectations so that mortals can apply and shift the genre to stripped down alt-country. You've got Low Skies, whose vocal heights represent the lofty sky-highs and whose drunken drawl is all too familiar with the lows.

The Bloodshot crowd should find this up their broken alley right off the bat, and fans of the aforementioned legends may be pleasantly surprised by how touching and utterly satisfying All The Love I Could Find can be.

It is easy to symbolize this album as a chronicle of Dust Bowl narratives, where intentions are always good but times are hard. Every single track aches to transcend its repressive surroundings and find salvation.

You can almost feel the howling, seductive push of hot, sticky summer air as soon as Christopher Salveter opens his mouth. Clutching one's chest, angry from the heat, the mood transfers from porches ("Sweet Young Girls") to churning, grinding factories ("Levelling"). As Low Skies and their patrons yearn for escape, they move through oddly harmonized, ramshackle ballads ("Cause of It") and neatly dressed, repentant Sunday hymns ("To Fail You"). As sweat stings the eyes on the resonating Lonesome Crowded West-styled highlight, "Cousin", we begin to wonder if all of the pining for redemption will pay off, but as a testament to unbreakable faith, it surely does.

When Low Skies finally reach the transcendence they've struggled and prayed for in the album's closer, "By Your Full Name", it's a credit to the try, try again spirit of the album as well as the loving grace of a higher power. Nick Cave and Calexico may have plumbed similar lows, but wind through different paths to reach the highs - Low Skies cry out in desperation and are met, divinely, half-way.

As too-raw strings saw through low notes and melodic, well-meaning vocals triumph in time, Low Skies reach a level of sublime mortality that makes All The Love I Could Find a rewarding experience of communing.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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