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All Hands on the Bad One Import
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|1. The Ballad Of A Ladyman|
|3. All Hands On The Bad One|
|4. Youth Decay|
|5. You're No Rock N' Roll Fun|
|6. #1 Must Have|
|7. The Professional|
|8. Was It A Lie?|
|9. Male Model|
|10. Leave You Behind|
|11. Milkshake N' Honey|
|13. The Swimmer|
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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Basically. Get this album. Sleater-Kinney has other great albums, but this is the first one I purchased, and it really made me begin to appreciate the talent of the three ladies of Sleater-Kinney.
There are a few great songs here. The twisted girly cheekiness of "Youth Decay", for instance, develops into full-blown deranged horror by the end of the song - but unfortunately, the danger of that moment just highlights the smoothed-over complacency of the rest of the album.
I originally fell in love with Sleater-Kinney because of their unstable energy, that live-fuse dynamic embodied in the best moments of joy on "Dig Me Out" and rage on "Call the Doctor." AHOTBO only achieves this kind of brilliance momentarily; you can hear it in moments, tucked away beneath the bland veneer of over-production and that sinking sense that they've digested the tonne of glowing rock criticism that's been written about them and now believe vague lyrics alluding to ladymen constitute cultural analysis.
Still, AHOTBO, when it stops pondering its own significance, is a pretty good album. "Was It a Lie?" is sad, timely and perfect; "#1 Must Have" is pretty impassioned; and Sleater-Kinney-Being-Goofy songs like "Milkshake 'n Honey" are kind of fun - or at least, they'll do until Sleater-Kinney become truly inspired again (on One Beat.)
And why should we support the suffocating be-pop bimbos, when we could have the professionals? If the record's mofia had anything to do with it, this album wouldn't have been made. Thank you, Kill Rock Stars!!! At the same time, the relative calm and beauty of the album, with new more original sounds, is (no this is not meant to belittle the album) more palatable to my family. If they listened to the lyrics, they might not be so willing to listen, but really, I'd rather have a creative, provoking album to listen to then be stuck with my sister's schlock. (I love you sis, but you're music [is bad]!)
I listen to all kinds of non-mainstream stuff, and it is inevitable that all good punk/riot rockers are going to evolve. Change happens. And I like the change that's been done here. It's not really softer. Just different, new intonations, experiments that worked, a wider range. Normally you'd have to pick up a "best-of" album to have this much variation from song to song. I personally can't stand an album in which the rockers kept the same mood, tone, and beat throughout (yes, I listen to punk a lot, but that's totally different, and yes that sounds hypocritical, but so what. You'll have to deal.), drives me nuts. I don't like songs that seem perpetually on repeat.Read more ›
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Personally I think that all Sleater-kinney albums have their own style. There were a few songs that really grabbed my attention like Ladyman, Youth Decay and Milkshake and Honey. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by x
This is S-K's no-apologies full-scale rock and/or roll album. With no excuses, no whining, and just a modicum of self-righteous girlband indignation, our favorite ladymen rip... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by Matt Cameron
I was already a fan of alternative US rock bands, but this one seems to be relatively obscure. Anyway, I read a review in a newspaper about a US girl band touring to promote this... Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by Michael
I have listened a thousand times and God help me, I will listen a thousand more-!! This is one the greatest rock records ever made.Published on May 10 2002 by SteveStrummer
Want some cred? Just name-drop Slater Kinney. It seems about all this band is good for these days.Published on March 27 2002
I buy a lot of music, rarely do I think that a compact disc really deserves five stars, but when it has all one could possibly want, great lyrics, amazing cords and music and fun... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2001
There's a big difference between taking risks and indulging weaknesses, and Sleater-Kinney spend their fifth album dodging more bullets than you're comfortable with from the best... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by Tom Madigan