Secret Name

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Secret Name
Low Secret Name.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 30, 1999
RecordedNovember 20–28, 1998
ProducerSteve Albini[2]
Low chronology
The Curtain Hits the Cast
Secret Name
Things We Lost in the Fire
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[1]
Q4/5 stars[7]

Secret Name is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Low.[8][9] It was released in 1999, their first album on the Kranky record label.[10] The album was recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago.

Bass guitarist Zak Sally plays an Optigan on some tracks. The album title comes from the "Weight of Water" lyric: "Make a river through the sand, 'Til you're called by a secret name."

Critical reception[]

The A.V. Club called the album "a consistently striking, resonant collection."[11] The Washington Post wrote that "Low has accomplished something new without neglecting the serenity that initially made its music distinctive."[2]

Track listing[]

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."I Remember"Alan Sparhawk4:11
2."Starfire"Sparhawk, Mimi J. Parker3:06
3."Two-Step"Sparhawk (first part), Parker (second part)5:49
4."Weight of Water"Parker4:21
6."Don't Understand"Sparhawk6:56
8."Immune"Sparhawk, Parker3:31
10."Days of..."Parker5:57
11."Will the Night"Sparhawk, Parker2:23


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 5: MUZE. p. 355.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Jenkins, Mark (April 16, 1999). "LOW" – via
  3. ^ Sullivan, Denise. "Secret Name – Low". AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Mulvey, John (April 7, 1999). "Low – Secret Name". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (April 1, 1999). "Low: Secret Name". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on March 2, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Low, Secret Name; The Starseeds, Parallel Life - PopMatters Music Review". October 28, 2000. Archived from the original on October 28, 2000.
  7. ^ Maconie, Stuart (July 1999). "Low: Secret Name". Q (154): 120.
  8. ^ "Low | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  9. ^ Buckley, Peter (November 5, 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843531050 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Smith-Lindall, Anders. "A Riff and a Prayer". Chicago Reader.
  11. ^ "Low: Secret Name". Music.

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