Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney


3.5
great

Review

by facetheslayer666 USER (32 Reviews)
January 18th, 2015 | 36 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Hold on to it, make you better... You're inside me, I'm your mommy..."

Motivated by female stereotypes and tons of timid rage, Sleater-Kinney breaks out of Washington with their twenty-minute self-titled debut, 'Sleater-Kinney.' An angry, rebellious sound repels some from the genius of this album, while others are attracted to it and wallow in the raw emotion of it all. Danceable rhythms, high-pitched vocals, sexual lyrics ("If you had it in your thighs, you'll see that it feels so nice"), lo-fi guitars and, yes, even some screaming, make this album exquisite in its minimalist self.

This LP captures riot grrrl in its prime -- the rebellious fury of Black Flag, a lo-fi, no wave sound of Sonic Youth and the emotional lyricism of Old Gray create a punk album comparable to no other. It opens up with "Don't Think You Wanna", a stormy track which. "The Day I Went Away" takes a more emotional approach, directing their energy inward, telling of the social norm. These first two songs leave the listener not only craving more, but anticipating what Sleater-Kinney will be capable of on this album.

'Sleater-Kinney', at more times than not, conveys sexual scenes:- "You say go deeper; you like it when I scream, and then you tell me I'm so good." This aesthetic appears on multiple tracks on the album, including "A Real Man", "How to Play Dead", and "Be Yr Mama." However uncomfortable, it was these songs that would grow to define riot grrrl as a genre for the years to come; that is touching on subjects such as feminsm, racism, sexism, rape, and sexuality.

"The Last Song", perhaps Kinney's best song in their discography, concludes the album with an infuriated breakup story, with angst-y screaming and emotive lyrics. It (said track) perfectly defines what Sleater-Kinney is and the vibes they put off. Given all this praise, you'd think that this is a perfect punk album, right" This is far from perfect.

Underdeveloped and under-produced, I lose interest in this LP after a few listens. And even from one listen, one can tell that Sleater-Kinney is not even necessarily SKILLED in a technical sense -- most of the songs are merely a few chords. The singer, though she captures raw emotion well, definitely does not have very much skill. At times, this album sounds as though all songs were written the same day as recorded. Not very many of these one-to-two minute tracks are memorable, either.

All in all, it seems like Sleater-Kinney is quickly trying to hone a mature sound and failing in that, thus creating a slightly rushed punk LP -- rather than create a series of EPs as some good punk groups have done, they have attempted to create something that will boom fast. Kinney does begin to perfect their style into the late 90's and early 00's, but this self-titled debut is more raw and unprocessed, and their later releases show much more maturity. 3.5/5



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Spare
January 18th 2015


5567 Comments


word

dimsim3478
January 18th 2015


7723 Comments


Motivated by female stereotypes and tons of timid rage

I think you meant something like "an opposition of female stereotypes". Also, the "timid rage" thing that Spooky said. Everything else he said, as well.
the emotional lyricism of Old Gray

Last place I'd expect that to pop up.

Spare
January 18th 2015


5567 Comments


i also didn't read this because who cares but this is a dope album

PappyMason
January 18th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I really like the rawness of this album - I think I prefer it to 'Call The Doctor'. It's a pretty fun record.

Supercoolguy64
January 18th 2015


8062 Comments


ok review, jammed Dig Me Out and really liked it, might like this one a bit more

PappyMason
January 18th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Supercoolguy64, 'Dig Me Out' is awesome man. They have so many great albums...

facetheslayer666
January 18th 2015


117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why am i so hit-or-miss xD

PappyMason
January 18th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@facetheslayer666 - What do you mean?



Your rating for this album is pretty much spot on.

PappyMason
January 18th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not sure about your Joy Division - Substance rating tho...









Only kidding.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2015


55388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

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YakNips
February 22nd 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I DON'T WANNNA



BE YR MAMMAAA

YakNips
February 22nd 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy shit skramz on last track are so good

Supercoolguy64
February 22nd 2015


8062 Comments


sleater-kinney invented screamo confirmed

chinesewhispers
May 6th 2015


4719 Comments


They ain't fuckin around on "How to Play Dead"

Shit almost makes me ashamed to be a dude

Parallels
May 6th 2015


8858 Comments


>Shit almost makes me ashamed to be a dude
that was too close for comfort huhh

chinesewhispers
May 6th 2015


4719 Comments


Well it's like, guys can be really fucked up and manipulative towards women, and it's really eye opening to hear a perspective from the receiving end. A lot of us don't really take the time to consider the way women feel about certain matters, and even worse is that a lot of us don't care, which leads to them getting used for sex they don't really want/enjoy, or just being thrown away afterwards, and it's really unsettling.
So yeah, a couple lines kind of hit me in a certain way. Not that I related, exactly, but they made me think a bit

YakNips
May 6th 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just noticed the fucking old gray reference in this review hahahahhahahaha

Parallels
May 6th 2015


8858 Comments


@chinesewhispers
its a really sad song, yeah
to me its kind of in the same vein as No Doubt's Just a Girl and Hole's Asking for It. I love em all because of how powerful they are as a statement

PappyMason
June 10th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have no problem with that man. This is definitely a great record - I also love the atmosphere on it, absolutely rocks.

I'd actually rank this one above a few of their other albums.

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2015


8499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

probably the worst Sleater-Kinney album imo



still good tho

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