Sleater Kinney - All Hands On The Bad One

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2000-05-02

No change here. Sleater-Kinney are still as impassioned and ennobling as ever on their fifth album. As ever, when Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein's voices collide in almost inarticulate harmony, you want to strike out blindly--face a blurry mess of tears. The guitars are still frantic, the words challenging and oblique. Still, it sounds like the Northwest's Sleater-Kinney are one of the few bands left who can invest rock & roll with any meaning--precisely because they're so earnest, naive, humourless. One song here towers above the rest: the scathing "#1 Must Have" literally wails about the homogenisation of every facet of youth culture, right down to the small details--in Sleater-Kinney's case, their personal belief systems and friends' lifestyles. "Now who would ever have believed this riot grrrl's a cynic?" the band lament, "but they took our ideas to the marketing stars." This is a great album--one of 2000's most vital. No change there, then. --Everett True

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