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1. don't think you wanna
2. the day i went away
3. a real man
4. her again
5. how to play dead
6. be yr mama
7. sold out
8. slow song
9. lora's song
10. the last song
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January 7, 2016
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Too rough around the edges, with not even a glimmer of the beautiful, unique sound Sleater-Kinney would later develop. Most of the songs seem to be about jerk boyfriends and stuff like that, from what I remember. I had a real hard time listening to this album because I was already aware of what they would make on Dig Me Out. If you are a die-hard fan wanting to add the collection, do what you must. I recommend 'Dig Me Out', 'The Hot Rock', and 'All Hands on the Bad One', especially the first two. They are a lot more enjoyable, at least to me. All three have a better sound than this bitter garage band stuff.
February 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Sleater-Kinney,America's foremost trio of femme-punk furies,have always excelled at playing it cool and tough while retaining a strong sense of what thier testosterone-addled dude-rock contemporaries would likely term "icky girlie-ness"Stylistically,thier songs are full of proud sugar-and-spice signifiers:spirited playground chants,60s girl-group allusion,preciously campy vocal asides.But this could also describe any of a number of bands with similer elements in the Riot-Grrrl movement of the early 90s,a musical and political ground-swell that by 95(when this record dropped) was quickly becoming stagnant under the burden of it's own narrow views and dependance on familiar cliches.Sleater-Kinney's eponymous debut shows thier shrewdness in patently avoiding the same trap,while remaining true to the original idealogical thrust.The record is a brisk,rapid affair(clocking in at just under thirty minutes),but it manages an astonishing eclecticism and versatility:for every primal rager("Don't Think You Wanna","Sold Out"),there's a stunning,almost pastoral slow-burner("Slow Song","Lori's Song").Musically,the trio is astounding self-assured(especially for a debut).Guitarist-vocalist Corin Tucker,Guitarist-Vocalist Carrie Brownstien,and then-drummer Lori Macfarlane whip up a sound that is a miracle of cohesion,economy,and surging momentum.Tucker and Brownstien are a perfect compliment to each other here,both instrumentally and vocally;listening to the record is like eaves-dropping on an intimate conversation between two friends with a complicated,fascinating relationship.This makes for music that is occasionally sublime:the criminally cool"The Day I Went Away" builds from sinister,slinky verses to full-on choruses with a breath-taking organic buzz;the jaw-dropping "Be Yr Mama"(possibly the band's pinnacle) is so brimming with tightly-coiled, whip-smart attitude and musical inventiveness it sounds primed to explode at any moment.This band has,of coarse,gone on to record four much-more heralded and beloved records,but for my money,they've only been improving and refining a staggeringly original and compelling style that they display in all it's glory here,and despite a few clunkers("How To Play Dead",which is musically clumsy and rushed but nevertheless rescued by Carrie's deliciously nasty hectoring)this debut firmly establishes this Olympia,Washington trio as one of the most important bands of the 90s.
October 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever had the chance to listen to an album all the way though without the fast-forward feature? If so, the album was probably Sleater-Kinney's self- titled. Corin Tucker's awesome voice is more then a feeling. Tucker's soul overflows into a place you can truley call rock. Just when you think her lightning has hit the ground, the thunder makes you forget that there is one. Carrie Kinney has vocals that are the counterpart of Tucker's vocals- equally satisfying. Lora Marfalane also sings. On "Lora's Song", the innocence of a voice tells a soft story while in you face. "Her Again", is a knock on your door accusing you of something you won't admit to. Sleater-Kinney makes you admit it. They force you into that place where they'll extend their welcome, then give you what you deserve. I think you wanna hear this album. At least so you know what hit you. Tracks: "don't think you wanna" "the day i went wawy" "a real man" "her again" "how to play dead" "be yr mama" "sold out" "slow song" "lora's song" "the last song"
September 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Corin Tucker, Carrie Kinney and Lora Macfarlane put the punk rock boys, jocks and Clintonesque womanizer wannabes in their place with a scathing CD. Musically and lyrically, the Sleater-Kinney debut CD is simultaneously castrating and energizing. The trio reinvents what was briefly called post-punk in the early '80s into a snarling, slam-dancing, pogo-ing mass of music that will send your feet flying and your cat running out of the room. Yet the band exhibits the capacity to be emotional, brave and poignant on gems like "slow song" and "the last song". Musically they trod ground close to The Pixies, Hole, PIL and others. But somehow, they become more than these other bands. When angry on "a real man" they don't just retread the punk cliches, they seduce and shock alternately. A cascade of aural alienation descends upon the listener in the more melodic "the day I went away" and the sheer drone of "her again". Exene Cervenka of X is probably the only female artist who has reached the level of the Sleater-K's in the past. Many have tried, Siouxsie Sioux and her Banshees, Lesley Woods of the Au Pairs, Kim Deal of the Pixies, Madonna, Courtney Love, etc. "be yr mama" makes you dance till you drop. It will be a long time before we hear music as good as this again. So, bow to the goddesses, give thanks and offerings, and pray they stay together to release more music. Pain is bliss.
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I don't know, I just couldn't get into Dig Me Out, which "they" say is their best. However I was completely into this Sleater-Kinney debut album.Read more
I had the interesting juxtaposition of buying this album and seeing SK live for the first time within the same week. (It's lonely being a SK fan in Australia.Read more
An acquired taste, this CD took a while to accept, but now it's on heavy rotation. Very thought provoking, powerful debut.Read more
Listen to S-K's first for sheer, raw, feel-like-you're-at-the-club fun. If you're familiar with Sleater-Kinney you'll find it enjoyable to see the early stages of what they were...Read more
before all the digging me out and getting your hands on the bad one ans listening to milestones like THE HOT ROCK and CALL THE DOCTOR...Read more