MEGAHYPE RELEASE: NOVEMBER
10, 2004 REVIEW: NOVEMBER
It is easy to see why Stockholm trio
Lowe has caused a stir within the
alternative/electronic genre. They
are pure quality straight through.
Every little detail is cared for in
a way only common for chastened studio
perfectionists. Jörgen Josefsson's
polished vocals have enough emotional
bite to awaken both slumbering electro
heads and mainstream pop listeners,
as his ability to vary his approach
is wildly impressive. There is a big
"but" coming, though.
"Tenant", in all its technical
perfection, does not work fully in
the long run, sadly. Lowe's melancholic
Depeche Mode-Kent compromise never
captures the emotions so closely connected
with these insanely popular bands.
Lowe were almost there when the single
"The Vanishing" came out,
a brooding mid-tempo electropop journey
with a sharp guitar melody carbon
copied from the locked Kent vaults.
Most of the other, if not all, tracks
have their moments; sequences that
are mind-blowingly beautiful. However,
Lowe needs stronger song material.
No producing heritage or experiences
from other successful constellations
(Statemachine) can save them from
that fact. But it sounds fantastic.