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All Hands On The Bad One

Sleater-Kinney Audio CD
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1. The Ballad Of A Ladyman
2. Ironclad
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
12. Pompeii
13. The Swimmer

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wonderful wonderful. July 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tons O' Rock n' Roll Fun! May 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
From thier supa-dupa fly denim jackets and crushed velvet skirts, to thier stylistic shout-outs to all manner of fab forebearers, S-K unleash one big rave-up of a party record, albeit occasionally at the support of a serious message. The band's fifth LP has more vocal hooks and splashy drum-fills than a stack of mid-sixties Who 45s, while lyricaly they're as thoughtful and complex as ever. "nothing I do/ smothes out the feelings of being used", sings Corin on the album's rocking opener, "Ballad Of A Ladyman", which expresses the doubts and anxieties of a little baby indie band on the cusp of larger stardom, while "#1 Must-Have" mourns the death of the riot-grrl dream in a terse, fragmented track that assumes no pretense of irony or detatchment: "and will there always be concerts where women are raped?" they sing, ugently expecting an answer, and the frustration they feel at possibly being the only ones willing to even ask the question is palpable in the slashing chorus. In a similar mode, "Was It A Lie?" is unfortunately an obligatory attack on the dreaded Media, in this case putting a slightly ingratiating feminist slant on it. This, in my view, is the first (minor) S-K misstep: taking a pious view of an easy target( calling people to task for wanting to watch "reality TV" ...yawn, next) that seems glaringly forced in the context of thier other work. This is easy enough to ignore (if you're so inclined--I know I am) because of the awesome musicality on display. On the aforementioned misstep, the band unleashes a chugging, infinately recombinate groove, winding it tighter and tighter until it gives way to a shimmering, quicksilver refrain. Perhaps these women should pick a few Can albums and see what happens. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Pretty Great Feb. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
For me, AHOTBO is Sleater-Kinney's least interesting album - but Sleater-Kinney at their least interesting is still occasionally a revelation.
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.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whiskey Drinks and Chocolate Bars Aug. 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
I will always love "dig me out" the most, it introduced me to the band, but this is my second favorite. Third is Sleater-Kinney, with their previous drummer. Now I think that this CD is pretty clean. (normally not a good thing) No real swears, or too offensive metaphors (though if sung right, you can swear out the Devil and defile the Pope and no one would notice. Few people read lyrics anyway. Hello, She-Bob! Hee Hee.), and yet, with songs like "Was it a Lie" they sure do thrust your nose in our humanity.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Punk rock Dixie Chicks.
I just told you, A punk rock Dixie Chicks!!
Published on Dec 4 2003 by monkeytot
3.0 out of 5 stars diamonds in rough...
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 more
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by x
4.0 out of 5 stars "can't get to heaven in your sunday best..."
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 more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Matt Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars UK Review - All Hands on the Bad One
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 more
Published on July 11 2002 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleater-Kinney Apotheosis
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Slater Kinney is an alternative cliche
Want some cred? Just name-drop Slater Kinney. It seems about all this band is good for these days.
Published on March 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD really deserves five stars.
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 more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by "stefano"
4.0 out of 5 stars burn don't freeze
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 more
Published on Dec 3 2001 by Tom Madigan
5.0 out of 5 stars great grrrl punk
I just got this album, and it is perfect! My favorite songs are "Milkshake and Honey" despite the stereotype of the French woman("You left your beret behind/and your... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2001 by R. Linz
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