Sleater-Kinney
Dig Me Out


4.5
superb

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
March 4th, 2006 | 21 replies | 9,749 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The European Lacertid lizard is the only species of animal on the face of our earth that only has one sex. The Lacertid is found only in the female gender. The lizards have evolved so that females lay fertilized eggs that hatch into more females, with out the help of a male. Some scientistís believe this will soon begin to happen to humans. Some believe it is already happening.
Riot Grrrl punk music is the best example of this phenomenon. Since the 60s when Nico sang her first note on the Velvet Undergroundís infamous debut women have played huge roles in Punk music. They have been singers (Sioux and the Banshees, Blondie) bassists (Pixies, Sonic Youth, Talking heads) solo artists (Patti Smith, PJ Harvey) and the subjects of countless songs. But when the wave of grunge in the 90ís was only an ankle licker, women took a whole new place in punk, the fore front. Sleater-Kinneyís fresh faced girl punk helped define a generation of music and their classic 3rd LP helped them get there.
Dig Me Out has every thing a man could ever ask for in a punk band, Women, Anger and Brilliantly sloppy musicianship. The vocals on Dig Me Out are amazing, you feel the pain and the beauty of lead singers Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein life. The lyrics show a frustration with society and men not seen since the early 1900ís. DMO features a new drummer, Janet Weiss showed the world almost as well as Corin and Carrie that women could do everything and she never said a word.
The first 3 tracks on this album show SK as a more accessible version of their older selves. The treble toned guitar burn will burn through your speakers on the title track Dig Me Out. Peppy drums fills seem to fill every nook and cranny available giving the music an extremely full tone, while staying extremely minimalist. Howling vocals fit nicely over the sharp edges of SKís music.
ď do you get nervous making me go
get into your sores get into my things
do ya get nervous watching me bleed
dig me out
dig me in"

Lyrics like these show woman in a dominant role. A mutiny on male dominance is being staged with the first half of the album. SK showed people that men werenít the only people who could be leaders and men certainly werenít the only ones who could rock.
ďIím the water Iím the dishes Iím the soap
I will comfort make you clean help you cope
when you're tired feeling helpless
come inside I am the shelter
and then when you're feeling better Iíll
watch you go"

Sleater were frustrated with dealt with matters such as abandonment with lyrics like the ones above found in Little Babies. But track number 9, Not what You Want was the song that pushed the album over the edge. Corin drives off a cliff with her boyfriend in the car. The deed was done and the mutiny was final. Easily the best song on the album Not What you Want is an epic riot grrrl tune. The next track, Buy Her Candy is a song about a boy who wants a girl. He sees the object of his affection crying and knows now this is his chance. He ponders the ways of woman over mellow, but catchy guitars. The final songs of the album switch gears, as we follow the boy we met in Buy Her Candy as he stalks a woman he knows he canít have. On the last song Jenny, the stalkerís fantasy commits suicide. This song ends the album on one of the saddest notes possible.
Jenny realizes she has no point in living as the servant to men and ends her life. The song fades away with the lyric ď do you see her face when sheís gone" as a suicide note for every men jenny had ever met and a single guitar screeching out of existence.
SK enters new territory and brings an intellect to riot grrrl. The genre itself is not always punk, it enters into the territoryís of Independent alternative music, something punk in the 90ís rarely did. The songs are catchy ( Words and Guitar)
And heart-braking (Jenny) and at the end of the album, you will realize you have witnessed and musical, not to mention cultural masterpiece.

Ratings
Dig Me Out: 4.2
One More Hour: 3.7
Turn It On: 2.7
The Drama You Have Been Craving: 4
Heart Factory: 4
Words And Guitar: 3.7
Itís Enough: 3
Little Babies: 5
Not What You Want: 5
Buy Her Candy: 5
Things You Say: 4.7
Dance Song í97: 5
Jenny: 5


The Mayans thought the sun exploding would end mankind. The Mayans had never heard Sleater-Kinney.

-Joe



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CushMG15
March 4th 2006



1802 Comments


This is a very good Review. I just may have to look into this.

mx
Moderator
March 4th 2006



733 Comments


Great intro!

The Jungler
March 5th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for voting.


I found that one sex lizard on one of my sister's animal planet shows. One of the only benifits from watching "Most Extreme".

arkdhaddi
March 10th 2006



3 Comments


Nicely done. But is SK about "sex-with-no-men" (parthenogenesis?) or are they saying: I am strong free woman and you get me on my terms only, if and when I let you?

The Jungler
March 10th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dont know enough about the band to answer that ,but it's not the first one. They certainly focus on liberating women ,but werent as extreme as say Bikini Kill. They focussed more on politics.This Message Edited On 03.10.06

maggii
August 16th 2006



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excilent review. better than i could have ever stated

Two-Headed Boy
December 4th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last half of this is amazing. The first half is good, but really really noisy and simple.
Your review is tasty, like bologna.

The Jungler
December 4th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eww, old review.
I didn't even know how to make paragraphs.

Two-Headed Boy
December 4th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha I didn't want to say anything.

Spectrum
December 8th 2007



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Holy crap, this album has so much spunk.
Energetic and fun times a lot. Good times.

Prophet178
December 11th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best chick rock band ever.

graygalz
July 9th 2010



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you know, some people would be annoyed with the vocal. me not, but some yes.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2010



15000 Comments


title track rules

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2010



15000 Comments


DIG ME OUTT

BeamMeUpScotty
March 26th 2012



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

An absolutely brilliant album! This is definitely my favourite album for focusing on Corin Tucker's singing; they really showcase her voice here.
My favourite track from this album of course is One More Hour, which has to be without a doubt one of the saddest, most honest songs ever written. A Near-Perfect Album from an incredible, dearly missed band.


Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet
Man staff reviews were god awful back then

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KILL
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71134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is p gd

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2013



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, too good for this site though

YakNips
July 9th 2013



8924 Comments


I have the biggest crush on Carrie Brownstein. Need to listen to this.

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Pheromone
August 6th 2014



3460 Comments


t/t jams hardest

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