8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A good debut, but bettered by the following albums,
By A Customer
This review is from: Sleater-Kinney (Audio CD)
This fantastic debut from Sleater Kinney placed them at the forefront of the Riot Grrl scene along with bands such as Bratmobile and Bikini Kill (tones of which can be heard here). Although tracks such as "A Real Man" and "How To Play Dead" may be offensive to some in terms of lyrics they accurately portray the sentiments of the band and the Riot Grrl feminist movement. However other tracks, such as the brilliant "Don't Think You Wanna", "The Day I Went Away", "Slow Song" and "The Last Song" are highlights packed full of driving guitar riffs, loud basslines and passionate vocals. Indeed, it is these tracks that indicate the direction that Sleater Kinney followed for the even better second album "Call The Doctor". Yet another highlight is the beautifully melodic "Lora's Song", sung by now departed drummer Lora McFarlane. Although she was probably bettered by Janet Weiss rhythmically, her vocals were a loss to the group, as can be heard here. As a whole this album gels together well and although later albums such as the aforementioned "Call The Doctor" and "All Hands On The Bad One" are better musically, "Sleater Kinney" is important as a marker in the career of the band - no fan should be without it.