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This review is from: The Woods (Audio CD)
I bought this, my first Sleater-Kinney album, after reading the glowing reviews online and in various magazines. I was expecting something akin to Le Tigre....WRONG!
Imagine Sabbath and Zeppelin with more pop suss and you will nearly have it right. Opener "The Fox" goes down as one of the best album openers of the year - thuggish Bonham-esque drumrolls and a monster bass/guitar fuzz riff. It's followed by the poppier "Wilderness", which echoes various great 60's bands such as Jefferson Airplane. "Jumpers" is another cracker - full-on rock melded with some great harmonies.
My only apprehension about Sleater-Kinney from the reviews was Corin Tucker's vocals - they are a bit like Marmite, but I have to say I love them. Very like Grace Slick on "White Rabbits", but often very restrained and full of emotion. Janet Weiss (drums) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar) are fantastic throughout, culminating on the epic "Let's Call It Love" which starts out with a Zep-esque stomp and mutates after five minutes into a guitar freakout worthy of Mainliner or Acid Mothers Temple before a segue into final track "Night Light".
I have not listened to anything but this since it arrived, and I'm sure it will be firmly esconced in my Top Ten of 2005 list come December. Buy it!