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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.


"...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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  • 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 (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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75 of 87 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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16 of 19 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Costa on January 2, 2006
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I'll be honest: I had not heard a lick of Sleater-Kinney until my cousin introduced me to them earlier this year when "The Woods" first arrived on record store shelves. And, truth be told, this latest album of theirs is the only one by them that I own. So, knowing that I am in no way a S-K expert, here goes:

This album's title is deceiving. To the listener who always makes connections between sight and sound (which I do), I assumed I was getting some real ethereal stuff here: night time music....the sort of thing I'd listen to while driving on a back country road on a quiet and starry night. Hell no.

The album's first track, "The Fox", is decidedly a heavy metal barnburner. The weight of it all (crunching guitar, seismic drumming, and wailing vocals) actually startled me when I first popped it in the CD player. The production of David Fridmann (uncharacteristically thick and oppressive on this record) makes sure that the vibe that got the album going continues for the duration. Other top quality songs like "The Wilderness" and "Entertain" feature similar textures and colors, though not to the same degree as "The Fox."

This music is messy and cathartic. It's abrasive and unruly. So why does this album work so well then? The band succeeds because they so effectively utilize what other musicians and bands cover up with slick production and showy technique: raw emotion. Love em or hate em, just listen to Corin Tucker's vocals....that's all you need to hear in order to get the message. The message of "The Woods" rings loud and clear throughout the album, and it's hard as hell to ignore. But then again, with music this intense, why would you want to?
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The Hot Rock saved my life. Every time I listen to it I get shivers. No other music has changed me so much. So yes, I think the early material is stronger because it is the stronget I've experienced. Ever. I can't explain why, though. But the new album is better than their last two because they... Read More
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