The Lowest of the Low

Hallucigenia

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When the Lowest of the Low entered the studio to record the follow-up to their popular Canadian debut, they chose to go with a "name" producer -- Don Smith, whose previous credits included the Tragically Hip, Cracker, and Keith Richards. While this move succeeded in increasing the hard rock quotient of the resulting disc, it comes largely at the expense of the lo-fi charm and personal touches found on Shakespeare My Butt. As such, much of Hallucigenia is made up of unremarkable fast- to mid-tempo rockers ("Pistol," "Eating the Rich," "Motel 30"). However, there are a few bright spots here, most notably "City Full of Cowards," "Black Monday," and "That Song About Trees and Kites." In all, a disappointing sophomore release from a promising band. Sadly, the Lowest of the Low did not get a chance to return to top form -- they broke up about a year after the release of Hallucigenia. (While the band did reunite in 2000 to play some live shows, there were no plans to return to the studio.)

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