Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love


4.5
superb

Review

by helpoemer420 USER (27 Reviews)
January 17th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: just in case you needed any further proof who the greatest rock band in the world are

"Four seconds was the longest wait". That repeated line was how Sleater-Kinney ended their 2005 song ‘Jumpers’, a fiery affirming song about suicide. After that, the band broke up. A ten year wait, and the greatest rock band in the world just dropped another great rock album.

No Cities To Love isn’t innovative. It’s not brimming with radical ideas. It is what it wants to be. Three women bashing the *** out of their instruments and having a good time churning out song after song. Carrie Brownstein’s guitar still bristles and burns. Corin Tucker’s wail is still impenetrable. Janet Weiss still smashes the hell out of her drums. 'No Cities To Love' doesn’t possess a single drop in energy since the band left us with 2005’s incredible The Woods.

At thirty-two minutes, not a second of these ten songs are wasted. Opener ‘Price Tag’ immediately sets off with intertwining guitars and Tucker’s expertly pronounced yelp. ‘Fangless’ features an almost dancey beat and a welcome return to Brownstein’s dramatic vocals on the chorus. ‘Surface Envy’ and the title track have loud sing-a-long hooks. ‘Bury Our Friends’ has everything that made the band incredible, in how pronounced and tight the instrumentation and combined vocals are, creating that unique heavy defiant atmosphere. Closer ‘Fade’ opens with a snake like riff, before Tucker finally delivers the most haunting vocal delivery on the album, over doom like guitars, and then a funky mid section before it’s back to the chorus and Tucker signs off, exhausted and drained.

No Cities To Love embodies Sleater-Kinney’s importance in that it doesn’t waste time, it doesn’t mess about. No song is over four minutes long. They arrived just after the peak of the 90s’ riot grrrl scene, but didn’t take up the sloganeering, soapbox route of other bands. They let their songs speak for themselves, the girl power was inherent, immediately canonising their place in rock history with songs like 'I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone' and 'You’re No Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun'. No Cities To Love continues that streak. All Sleater-Kinney are here to do is churn out one heavy bristling rock tune after another, and it’s all the more endearing to hear they’re still having a ***ing good time doing it. Welcome back.



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helpoemer420
January 17th 2015


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can also be found here

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
January 17th 2015


6738 Comments


got some quick criticisms:

a lot of your sentences are really short and choppy. they don't really flow well, as they read like a series of bullet points. the upside is that it reads really concisely, but you could weave the sentences together so it flows better

"features an almost dancey beat" - almost? so, it isn't actually dancey? if not, what is it then? what I'm getting at is, try to avoid half-descriptors. they read like you're unsure of how to describe the sound, and they leave the reader confused. I mean, I get what you mean, but with careful word choices you could describe it better. I'm being really nitpicky though

"creating that unique heavy defiant atmosphere" don't just list several adjectives like this. it would improve if you said "creating a unique, heavy, and defiant atmosphere" or something

"over doom like guitars" - firstly, you should hyphenate the "doom-like". also.... what do you mean? is the tone inspired by doom metal? does it simply resemble an impending doom? clarify a bit. you don't need to spend several sentences describing a fucking guitar tone like some people do, but you could make things a bit clearer.

"in that it doesn’t waste time, it doesn’t mess about." - these mean the same thing, therefore they are redundant. also.... how does the album embody Sleater-Kinney's importance based on how it doesn't waste time??? I'm not sure what you're getting at. you already pointed out how long it was since their last album was ~10 years ago, so they're hardly the shining example of a band that doesn't 'waste time'. idk, this sentence confuses me. maybe reword it.

helpoemer420
January 17th 2015


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^yeah fair enough

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2015


16251 Comments


it's pronounced slayter-kinney except no one here pronounces it slayter, I should listen to this sometime

helpoemer420
January 17th 2015


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@the time wasting comment, I did mention that they broke up after the album before this so idk

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
January 17th 2015


6738 Comments


so, was this album recored fairly immediately after they reunited? if so, that's something you could tie into it to clarify what you meant. some readers might not already know those little biographical details, so it helps to be clear

helpoemer420
January 17th 2015


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i got ya

ExcentrifugalForz
January 17th 2015


2124 Comments


cant wait till this comes out

good review

Supercoolguy64
January 17th 2015


8999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i cant tell if those flowers on the cover are dead or not

great rev mang, still need to check this

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2015


56949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rawks

Digging: Daniel Johnston - Songs of Pain

ConsumerOfNut
January 19th 2015


325 Comments


Album is sick. Need to listen a few more times but a solid contender for this year.

scottpilgrim10
January 19th 2015


4750 Comments


I think I like this more than anything else they've released

someguest
January 19th 2015


29931 Comments


got this queued up for the day I become a lesbian

someguest
January 19th 2015


29931 Comments


I mean queefed up

Veldin
January 20th 2015


3873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what does the chick from Portlandia play?

chinesewhispers
January 20th 2015


4767 Comments


Guitar/Lead vocals on some songs

Veldin
January 20th 2015


3873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, guitar is my favorite part of this album. Vocals are hit-and-miss for me, but they're always

fun. I can feel this growing on me

chinesewhispers
January 20th 2015


4767 Comments


Yeah the vocals are an acquired taste for most people but you learn to love em eventually.

AmericanFlagAsh
January 20th 2015


8847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not a new wave it's just youuuu and meeeee



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Digging: (Sandy) Alex G - House Of Sugar

wtferrothorn
January 21st 2015


5827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Short yet effective review, just like the album. I'm hovering around 4-4.5 for this album.



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