This split single sees Dirty Three and Low in introspective, mournful moods. The first track is an instrumental version of Dirty Three's "Obvious Is Obvious." One imagines tired cowboys playing the song in a saloon at 5:00 AM after a hard day's work. A melancholy fiddle and delicate percussion echo in hushed tones, sounding-out like a miniature orchestra making music for sad dreams. "No Need," the contribution from Low, lingers in the air as if they want to outdo Dirty Three in all-out sorrow. The slow, quiet song is perhaps in a less subtle vein than most Low songs, as Alan Sparhawk details a list of things he doesn't need, from his past to your smile. While the songs are of an equal grace and delicately evocative, the sad, somewhat exaggerated emotions of the songs make the double single a hard choice for repeat listens. It's a release that's best left to die-hard fans of the bands, as it's not an adequate sampler of either bands' abilities.
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AllMusic Review by Tim DiGravina
feat: Dirty Three