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“Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band” - Greil Marcus, TIME (2001)

Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994. The band's core lineup consisted of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics ... Read more in Amazon's Sleater-Kinney Store

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • ASIN: B0008FPIOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Fox
2. Wilderness
3. What's Mine Is Yours
4. Jumpers
5. Modern Girl
6. Entertain
7. Rollercoaster
8. Steep Air
9. Let's Call It Love
10. Night Light

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The Portland trio's first album for Sub Pop. A much more riff-heavy affair, this release finds the band pushing their sonic/compositional boundaries, while maintaining their identity.

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"...the most anarchic album of their career." -- Spin

"..Sleater Kinney have never sounded so centered, nor so potent.." -- Entertainment Weekly

"as heartfelt and as passionate as their previous work, but reenergized by their determination to chart a new course" -- Harp

"…some of the best and heaviest music of its career." -- Rolling Stone

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The sound is raw and honest and full of energy.
Iron Arrow
As much as I've always liked them, I have to say that I was really surprised at this -- it goes way beyond anything they've done before.
MPB
"The Woods" is, so far, one the best albums of 2005 for me.
Geoff Creeden

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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Brennan VINE VOICE on May 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Corin Tucker who wanted to be our Joey Ramone. But Sleater-Kinney's six studio albums, while winning over critics from coast to coast, have landed the girls on surprisingly few bedroom doors. So what are three riot grrrls to do on number seven?

Crank the amps up to 11.

"The Woods" is a primal scream of an album, a cathartic burst of animal fury, with angry harmonies and growling guitars that sound like they've just come back from disobedience school. This isn't "One Beat", it's many beats, sometimes coming together in surging pulses of song, sometimes jangling against one another in an angry mess of cacophonous sludge. "If you're here 'cause you want to be entertained/Please go away," Corin sings on "Entertain", a well-aimed but slightly late kick at info-tainment, reality TV, 80s soundalike bands, and the endless run of nostalgia-based VH1 shows. (During last year's media orgy of 10-years-without-Nirvana stories, a critic lamented that Kurt Cobain never lived to write a song about reality TV. If he had, it might have sounded a lot like "Entertain".) It's a great summary of what superstardom looks like in 2005, and a declaration that the girls want no part of it.

No, they're after something else entirely, something raw and powerful and real, and if it occasionally feels like they're lost in "The Woods", you have to give them mad props for getting off the beaten path, with an album that confounds fan expectations in a manner reminiscent of "Monster" or "In Utero". Give them credit, too, for getting where they're going in the end; some of these songs are among the best they've written.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill Schwabenland on June 30, 2005
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THIS is the band that Sleater-Kinney was always destined to become.

I have been seriously listening to serious rock and roll since I was 5 years old - that's over 45 years - and I am not prone to exaggeration or hyperbole. This IS the GOOD STUFF! I have been listening to Sleater-Kinner off and on for about 3 years and have always suspected that they were capable of generating this kind of energy. But it seems to have all come together in the new SubPop release "The Woods".

First, a few disclaimers: (1) I consider S-K to be a "local" band (2) I have always liked the name (3) female drummers rule - Janet Weiss rules them all (4) I have a weakness for very strong-voiced female vocalists (e.g. I am excited by throaty, bluesy, hard rock vocals as performed by Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Melissa Ethridge, or Rickie Lee Jones). Ironically, I am not into lyrics - it is the fact that these vocalists add to the music with their voices and do not detract from it - that I like them.

All that being said, it is the raw energy in the drums and guitar work that put this album over the top. Don't get me wrong, Corin Tucker's vocals have plenty of energy - there were parts that reminded me of a cross between early Grace Slick (i.e. before Jefferson Airplane even) and Geddy Lee. But it is the guitar work and the presentation/arrangement of the songs that is transformational. For me, the record is building throughout until arriving at the last two songs: Track 9: "Let's Call It Love" and Track 10: "Night Light". There are several significant highlights along the way but listening to Let's Call It Love was akin to a spiritual experience for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elyse Blackwood on January 27, 2006
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Sleater-Kinney is perhaps the greatest rock band making music today. So why haven't you seen them on MTV, or gracing the walls of teeny-bopper's bedrooms? Oh...probably because they're serious musicians, they've never posed for Maxim, and they just so happen to have female genitalia in a patriarchal music industry. *Sigh*

On their seventh album, The Woods, SK proves their versatility once again with a sound that manages to be riff-heavy yet melodic, subtle yet brazen, traditionally rock yet completely unique. Within the first few seconds of the opening track "The Fox", it's quite evident from the ripping guitar of Carrie(ROCK GODDESS)Brownstein and the rich beats of drummer Janet Weiss (who would surely make Keith Moon's ghost stand up and do a little dance) that The Woods captures the spirit of what's been missing within the current mainstream "rock" scene. As vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker belts out the first of her orgasmic screams, all memories of the lifeless pop-rock garage bands you've anguished through year-long run for their lives out the door, and you're once again reminded of what rock should sound like.

With darkly beautiful tracks like "Modern Girl" and "Steep Air", SK reveals the pretty side of chaos, yet never shys away from the unrestrained wild spirit of rock on such riff-laden tracks as "What's Mine is Yours", "Let's Call it Love" and "Rollercoaster". Songs such as the single "Jumpers", a final bow for the bridge-hopping suicide victims of San Francisco's beloved Golden Gate bridge, reveal the progression of Sleater-Kinney's lyrics, with beautifully painful imagery that is guaranteed to chill to the bone.

In short, should you buy The Woods? Yes. But be forewarned, it's like nothing you've ever heard before.
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