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and All Hands. The sound is much richer, with many more layers than any outing before. In fact, Sleater-Kinney counterpoint begins almost to approach the majesty of a cathedral choir, backed up by its organ. The guitars develop a monolithic wall of sound that cannot be gotten around, and cannot be pierced. This album won't disappoint any Sleater-Kinney fan, no matter what era she may be partial to.
Though you can hear plenty of straight-ahead words and guitar punk rock, there's tons more. Just like everyone rock band in the world, there's a fresh element of electronica, but unlike everyone else, the instrument is a theremin, one of the very first electronic instruments, before the synthesizers now everywhere aro
und the music world. There's an element of soul, especially in the last song Sympathy, which if it weren't for Corin's distinctive voice (a familiar Olympia from the South reminiscent of a Kurt Cobain), you'd almost mistake it for a song from The Gossip.
The impact of September 11th can be obviously felt on this album. "Far Away", which from the Pacific Northwest, New York must have seemed, is an especially piercing reminder of that inexplicable sudden nausea everyone felt that day. You feel it again in the guitar, in an unfamiliar dissonance in the familiar Corin-Carrie counterpoint.Read more ›
There are new things to be heard as well...the band is experimenting with keyboards, violin and even a horn section on the raucous "step aside". The political slant that has always set the group apart is stronger than ever, especially on a couple of songs ("faraway" and "combat rock") that address the post 9/11 situation. The latter is especially arresting and provides the centerpiece of the record both musically and emotionally. Carrie Brownstein delivers verses in a clipped, hiccuping tone before Corin Tucker comes in with a typically urgent, wailing chorus as guitars chime, sparkle and crash behind them. The lyrics are among their best, adressing the often misguided patriotism of these times with lines such as "since when is skepticism un-American?/dissent's not treason but they talk like it's the same/those who disagree are afraid to show their face.Read more ›
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I was disappointed with this album. It's apparent the fire went out. All Hands on the Bad One showed the signs, but this album has a calcified "we know what our sound is now,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A customer
Back in 1995, I was working at a music magazine in Portland. I got the mail, and was intrigued when a cassette marked "Sleater-Kinney" came in. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Jeffrey Rubard
WHAT A GREAT ALBUM. DESPITE THE TITLE, THERE ARE ACTUALLY MANY GREAT BEATS ON HERE!! I LOVE EM ALL AND ILL PROB. KEEP LOVIN EM ALL!!
S-K COME BACK ! LOL
With an undeniable energy, this female rock trio sometimes straddle a fine line between blown-out beautiful, interestingly upbeat, and annoyingly uptight. Read more
Love every single songs in this album.
a must buy!
Viewed in one way, Sleater-Kinney is one of the most boring bands in the world. Think about it. All they do is turn out one exquisite album after another. Read morePublished on June 11, 2006 by Robert Moore
I was very pleased to see some of the fire back in this group. They really have not written a ballad that brings out any emotion that I remember, unless you count "Good Thing", a... Read morePublished on March 6, 2006 by XraySpex
So I was downloading music...yeah, shoot me...and decided to download some Bikini Kill. I downloaded a whole album and was listening to it and suddenly, halfway through the... Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Anemone Pandora