Smart Flesh

Reviews: The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh

Every day for the past few weeks I’ve listened to this album at least once. Some days I listen to it twice. When that’s not enough I’ve just put it on and let it go, endlessly repeating till I’ve got my fill. To say I love this album is an understatement. I’m obsessed with it, and I don’t know how I got to this point.

The band, based out of Rhode Island, was just barely on my radar before this. Their 2009 release Oh My God, Charlie Darwin didn’t really resonate with me when it was released, so I really didn’t pay much attention to what they were doing for the next year or so. Why I would be interested in a new release by band whose last release I found to be cold, sterile and for the most part boring doesn’t really make sense to me. Maybe it was just morbid curiosity, or maybe it was just because I try to listen to every “major” release that’s coming down the pipe. It could have been anything, but maybe, just maybe it was something else. Maybe I was drawn to this record. Maybe this is a record that so needs to be heard that it reaches out with its own planet sized gravitational pull and swallows up any and all who come within its reach.