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Low Birth Weight

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Snowfall Soon
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Crown Estate
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Bad Patient
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The Fun of the Century
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Birdymachine
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Not Fair
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Dark Secrets Look for Light
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Snow Drums
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Shepherds Are Needed
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I Am the Sub-Librarian
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Waking Up
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 50:39

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It may be the point, but it's still depressing.

Arcangle

Dark Secrets Look For Light is possibly one of the bleakest songs I have ever heard. There are some genuine spots of light here - Snowfall Soon, Bad Patient and Snow Drums in particular - but overall I find the album genuinely suffocating. This isn't a criticism, just a word of caution. Oh, and if you want to know more about the album artwork look up Walter Potter on Google. It is, needless to say, suitably creepy.

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Great from start to finish

ChicagoAtlas

PM is all over the map but as a complete album this is their best. Maybe it's the guy from Wisdom of Harry, but whatever it is it's the right combination.

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sure it's depressing, that's the point

Timble

but brilliant.. and if you don't like this album you're probably going to hate the others... so start here. Snowfall Soon, Snow Drums, Not Fair, Fun of the Century... I like all of these ones. The rest are great too... download one of these and see if it floats your boat.

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creee-py... but good.

chien

I've kind of gotten obsessed with this album. It's very dark. I can see why 4ad signed them, it has a little bit of a shoegaze/post-goth feel to it. It's a bit depressing. but also very arty and experimental. if you're feeling depressed, and want to indulge it, it might be perfect.

They Say All Music Guide

Glen Johnson is probably the most important figure to emerge from the British indie music scene since My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. His gift for haunting lyricism, arrangement, and production is unparalleled in any area of music today. With Low Birth Weight, Johnson’s Piano Magic, an ever-changing collective of musicians performing bits and pieces of his decadent vision, has crafted a stunning work of orchestral rock with the littlest (and cheapest) of gear. The beauty of the record lies specifically in its simple songcraft and production. Like Shields, Johnson spends inordinate amounts of time in the studio eliminating the smallest flaws that might compromise his otherworldly creations. Johnson melds the heavenly vocals of collaborators Caroline Potter, Simon Rivers, and Raechel Leigh with sparse, echoed guitar, subtle drum machine clicks, electronic scribbles, and chirpy children’s toys. Low Birth Weight seems oddly English in that it romanticizes working class life so as to make it beautifully painful; listeners may get the feeling that the record’s title is deeply rooted in one of Johnson’s intensely painful experiences. Johnson illustrates a great deal of understanding and an ability to create a touching picture from the most undesirable occurrences. Also interesting is the fact that Johnson never mouths a word on the record; his involvement is strictly instrumental and that, in itself, reveals a certain detachment from the music. He maintains a great emotional distance while still weaving beautiful and depressing tales, as the musicians become Johnson’s playthings, bringing his damaged emotions to life. – Ken Taylor

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