Hot Rock Import
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|11. Living In Exile|
|12. Memorize Your Lines|
|13. A Quarter To Three|
It's a general rule in the music industry that the faster you rise to stardom, the faster you slide into oblivion. In the terrifyingly fickle world of rock criticism, the high acclaim that met Sleater-Kinney's first two albums would indicate that only simple neglect was due to them upon the release of The Hot Rock. But the women of Sleater-Kinney continue to defy the norms of rock & roll with an album of such distinctive graces that it approaches the status of classic. In each of the album's 13 tracks, the band's development from fierce grrrls to musical icons rings out loud and clear. The guitar work of Carrie Brownstein has never been more provocative and exact, summoning up the wiry deftness of Television's Tom Verlaine. Her "Burn, Don't Freeze" has a dry, discordant guitar line that weaves itself between the dueling vocals of both singers. The signature scorch of Corin Tucker's singing now modulates between the soft calls of the slow dance "A Quarter to Three" and the nuclear blast of the antitechnology "God Is a Number." The larger-than-life "The End of You" showcases the finest work from Brownstein, Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss. As befitting its nautical themes, the song is oceanic and mercurial, gliding through its movements with all the drama of the mutiny it describes. The Hot Rock is exactly like the diamond of the title--hard, beautiful, and full of mysterious allure. --Lois Maffeo
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But, but, but...why can't I embrace this as much as earlier albums? I suppose it's because I never really wanted Sleater-Kinney to make an indie art record - I didn't care about their poetic ramblings, or their sonic experiments. From them, I just wanted rawness and euphoria. But, hey, even if indie quirkiness is a dime a dozen, Sleater-Kinney's brand has its virtues, even if, for me, there's nothing on this album to rival the excoriating power of a song like "Little Mouth" or the bliss of "Turn It On."
It begins with the guitars. In each song they perform duets with one another, using rhythm and melody--no boring power-chords--and with tremendous energy and passion. As each song moves from beginning to chorus to bridge and then back, the pattern constantly changes, sometimes only slightly, and to an increasing, mounting intensity. It does not let up. Just when you think they've reached a crescendo, KAPOW, the pattern changes again, the intensity increases, and you're reeling.
Interestingly, they do not use a bass guitar, but its lack in no way detracts from the experience. In fact, you have to listen very carefully to realize that it's not there. The reason for this is that Corin Tucker plays bass patterns using the bass strings of her six string guitar. This is done to great effect because for one it sounds just as good as a bass guitar when she wants it to; two, it allows her to strum on occasion; and, three, it also allows her to immediately switch to a regular electric guitar riff to counter that of the raging Carrie Brownstein.
It is really a remarkable experience to listen to this guitar work, and listening to this band would be a treat for that alone. But when you talk about Sleater-Kinney, you have to talk about the drumming of Janet Weiss, who is superb, and in my book, the best drummer in the business.Read more ›
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Glad to see others thought so - i'd hate to have an isolated opinion on something.
Get up was the song i heard on CMJ's collection that sold me on SK. Read more
this band has a cute singer, Corina with chipmunk cheeks. She sounds like Belinda Carlile. I just want to pinch her cheeks!!Published on Dec 4 2003 by monkeytot
The songs that led me to buy this album were "Memorize Your Lines", "A Quarter to Three", and "Burn, Don't Freeze". Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by a music fan
This is my personal fav. Sleater-Kinney C.D. I just love it. Every song is good to rock out to. Everyone will and should love this CD!Published on Jan. 5 2003 by Anna
A long time fan of Sleater Kinney, I deem this to be the band's finest album. Though I often struggle between which album I like better, this one or Dig Me Out, I think this album... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002
Unfortunately for S-K, I bought this cd on the same day as their latest release, One Beat, and virtually ignored One Beat in favor of this one! Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002
After hearing a review of this CD on NPR I pick it up and it has been in heavy rotation onmy CD player ever since (almost 3 years). Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2002 by Gneiss Guy
"I am not the captain/I am just another fan" sings Corin Tucker in "The End of You",the third track of the Hot Rock, and this statement perfectly epitomizes... Read morePublished on June 24 2002 by haley
Hot rock. Hot rock. Oh, sweet baby Jebus, is this hot rock! You ever hear one of those albums that grabs you by the throat from the first note and doesn't let go until the CD... Read morePublished on May 2 2002 by Adam Rakunas