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The Woods

Sleater-KinneyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0008FPIOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,298 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

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Description

The Portland trio's first album for Sub Pop. A much more riff-heavy affair, this album finds the band pushing their sonic/compositional boundaries, while maintaining their identity. 2005.

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72 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venture into "The Woods", but be forewarned... 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 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's call it TRANSFORMATIONAL! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Woods. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Sleater-Kinney
I had heard of Sleater-Kinney years ago, but finally decided to give them a listen (I am very late, I know). This being my first album from the band, I was impressed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Redsara85
5.0 out of 5 stars If Tegan and Sara were punkier they'd be this.
Full of classic Grunge-style messiness combined with years of experience, and an introspectiveness that reminds me of Tegan and Sara at their best. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Holden Kosaly
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just an album, an experience.
I have just finished listening to The Woods by Sleater-Kinney for the second time, and my life has been changed forever. Read more
Published 14 months ago by pacer21
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
Great songwriting. Driving riffs. Fat guitars. One of the best I've heard in recent times. Buy it. Yu won't regret it.
Published 19 months ago by Sean George
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a great record ruined by over compression
The actual music on this album is fantastic. Its powerful, tuneful, great lyrics, etc. The recording or rather the overuse of dynamic compression absolutely ruins the experience... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Chet Fakir
3.0 out of 5 stars Squeezed to death
I love this band and am giving this album 3 stars because there are some great songs underneath this unbelievably compressed mess. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by TooMuchFun
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice songs ruined by poor mastering
I've listened to this CD maybe two times since I bought it years ago. Why? Because the sound quality is so awful, it pains my ears. Read more
Published on March 15, 2010 by B. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Janet Weiss Rules
This was the first Sleater-Kinney release I ever listened to, so I can't profess to know what came before. What I can say is that I was instantly stunned. Who were these chicks? Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by state
5.0 out of 5 stars Best S-K Album!
This is S-K's best album and the best ROCK ablum of the 21st century to date (Apr 1, 2009). Monster beats, shredded guitars, booming base, and unbelievable vocals (lead and... Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by R. S. Kenewick
5.0 out of 5 stars After three years, still an all-time favorite album
SK remains one of my all-time favorites, and I'm sad that we'll (probably) never hear anything new from them... Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by Patrick E. Orlob
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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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