This is a great album, to just start out. It's songs are polished, yet still maintain the level of fun that Sleater-Kinney has been developing since their self-titled debut. With the single (whose video even got some airplay), You're No Rock 'N Roll Fun, it's just probably one of the most fun, catchy songs that you'll hear. The Ballad of a Ladyman has a sophisticated cello underneath the vocals that just scratch the surface of the themes that Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss will explore in this album. The feminism ideals in this album aren't in your face, but instead some of the most practical things you'll hear. #1 Must Have exposes the mindset of the modern feminist, spending their days getting fueled up by feminists' websites. And The Professional! Besides detailing the modern female worker, it's just a killer song. Although only a minute and a half long, this tune is just amazing. And when you hear Carrie Brownstein go "shalalalala" towards the end, it's confirmed that although this band is smart and sophisticated, fun details like that aren't out of place.
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.