Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love


4.2
excellent

Review

by Athom EMERITUS
January 23rd, 2015 | 139 replies


Release Date: 01/20/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most beautiful noise.

Comeback albums are a motherfucker. Think about it. There are years and years of hopes and unrealistic expectations, fans and press wondering if a band's still got it, and a completely bullshit idea that if it not only doesn't encapsulate their entire career but fails to reinvent the game for every current act that name drops them on even the longest list of influences that somehow the album is a massive failure. It gives us music writers a lot to talk about, even if it is mostly hot air on our part. So, that leaves us with one question; is Sleater-Kinney's first album since 2005's The Woods everything that we wanted and more from whom Time Magazine once bestowed the title of “Best Rock and Roll Act” to" The answer is a most resounding, “Duh!”

No Cities To Love is furious, political, and a god damn delight. Sleater-Kinney pull from every corner of their catalog -- the dissonant riot gurrrl punk of Call the Doctor, the rock revivalism of The Hot Rock, the guitar hero status shred of The Woods – it's all here, and at most times all at once. This virulent coalescing of styles makes No Cities To Love the band's most brash and technical. There are no ballads. There is no diminutive pop posturing. These are declarative social anthems for post-recession America. Carrie Brownstein's guitar attack pulls from the last two decades of forward thinking musicians; St. Vincent, Hot Snakes, Fugazi. Her leads are dense, angular, and downright abrasive. Even when she throws her audience hooks, they are barbed and deadly. Corin Tucker's authoritative howl is the perfect compliment to Brownstein's playing. In a time when hushed and passive voices have become the expected norm for women in indie rock, Tucker is a full on assault in the best of ways. Their years apart have shown that they can shine on their own, but No Cities To Love proves that together they still are one of rock music's greatest one-twos.

No Cities To Love is a triumph. Not only does it meet every one of our over-the-top demands as fans, it serves as a great entry point for those new comers who have yet to be introduced to one of the most important bands of the last quarter century. What more could you possibly want"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Emeritus
January 22nd 2015


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Even I was surprised by how good it is.

chinesewhispers
January 22nd 2015


4763 Comments


C'mon, Portlandia is awesome

But yeah, definitely

Gyromania
January 22nd 2015


24697 Comments


didn't even know this was coming out

AmericanFlagAsh
January 22nd 2015


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check it out, it's pretty damn good

Athom
Emeritus
January 23rd 2015


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Arcade, if you like what you hear, check out their albums The Woods and Dig Me Out.

Gyromania
January 23rd 2015


24697 Comments


and one beat *

this is really good so far. hearing this and bjork in the same day what a pleasant surprise

AliW1993
January 23rd 2015


7511 Comments


Awesome review/album. One nitpick...

"does Sleater-Kinney's first album since 2005's The Woods everything that we wanted"

"Does" should be "is," or there should be a "do" in there, unless I'm missing something.

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 23rd 2015


26316 Comments


I didn't think this was anything special.

I could give it another go because of this review...

Digging: Shakey Graves - Can't Wake Up

RadicalEd
January 23rd 2015


8956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album/review.



Do it Sowing.

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2015


55773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wag

Digging: Lil B - Platinum Flame

greg84
Emeritus
January 23rd 2015


7597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree. This is definitely one of the best rock albums of the year. It's so maddeningly consistent.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2015


32190 Comments


Dude, we're 23 days into the year

greg84
Emeritus
January 23rd 2015


7597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm calling that now 'cause it's so good.

Parallels
January 23rd 2015


8858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brah... This is definitely one of the best rock albums of the decade.

ProjectFreak
January 23rd 2015


2709 Comments


"No Cities To Love To Love"

other than that, whoa, I need to hear this

Emyay
January 23rd 2015


6280 Comments


first time i've heard the band. on the second track and i'm digging this. guitar work is great

AmericanFlagAsh
January 23rd 2015


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check The Woods [2]

RVAHC13
January 23rd 2015


826 Comments


So excited to hear this!

BMDrummer
January 23rd 2015


14184 Comments


surprised at the reception this is getting, gotta check

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 24th 2015


26316 Comments


This is better than I thought initially, but yeah still not amazing or anything.



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