In this album, Sleater-Kinney first express the formula which they have since riffed on and perfected like an archetypal dirge, a combination of pre-lingual vocalizations that epitomize music at its expressive apex. For labellers, DMO effectively marks the band's transition from their lo fi, riot grrl roots into a post-punk fusion of savvy, artistically sound production, intellectually developed and wisened lyrics, and truly talented instrumentation that harnesses the raw power that they always had like never before. If you are coming at this after having heard their earlier work, you will appreciate the more grown-up expressions of feminine longing, rage, and sorrow. If you are coming at this after having been exposed to post-DMO work, you will appreciate the conglomeration of the catchy tongue-in-cheek, the angrily raw emotive, and the dead-on expression of the bittersweet experiences of relationships, politics, and life in general. Love it for the progress they made in this album, love it for the kickbutt rock outfit it serves as the cornerstone of, love it for the way you sing along with "Little Babies," but you're gonna love it.