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One Beat [Import]

Sleater-Kinney Audio CD
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For all the noisy bluster involving plastic barrettes, thrift-store guitars, and caterwauling political catchphrases, Sleater-Kinney have always been pragmatic about their music. The group's self-titled debut got by on ferocity alone. But each successive release has exhibited a dramatic step forward as youthful exuberance gives way to melody and poise. One Beat is the trio's most assured work yet. A jubilant blast of tambourines, theremin, and Corin Tucker's rubber-band vocals usher in the spiky "Oh!," the Strokes' locker-room diffidence mingles with Sonic Youth's angular cool on "Prisstina," and the title track, all urgent wailing and power chords, rumbles with pure excitement. The rest of the album isn't far behind. --Aidin Vaziri --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The ladies of rock. March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Sleater-Kinney album I picked up, shortly after its release. I live in NYC and heard that this album dealt more or less directly with 9/11, which rather screwed with my head. This, of course, in no way makes me unique, but it basically meant that I was going on a review and nothing else. I had no idea what Sleater-Kinney was about, or their sound, or anything.
One Beat is a truly excellent album, the sort that makes you say, "I wish I wrote that," even if you're not a musician (I'm not). The lyrics of the fight songs are concise and honest, but the most striking thing about the album, especially if you're unfamiliar with S-K, is the way that Corin Tucker uses her voice almost like a percussion instrument, and the way that Carrie Brownstein sings backing vocals that are basically another verse being sung at the same time on many tracks. This is evident from the very first track, an immensely powerful song that was really unlike anything I'd ever heard 'til then. The album has some anti-war anthems on it, but the ladies really run the spectrum as far as topics go - one song rocks harder than you can believe, the next is a heart-breaking ballad (S-K is good for one tear-jerker an album, I've found), and the next a mellow rocker.
I listen to a lot of music, and I've got to say that One Beat is an album I recommend without hesitation. The ladies are touring briefly this spring, and then are planning a release later this year. One Beat is a world away, stylistically, from All Hands on the Band One (another good album, and one that many think is their best effort, but either I'm not getting it, or the fact that One Beat was my introduction to them has blinded me to the possibility that their earlier stuff was better - although Call the Doctor is another great album), and I'm looking forward to what their new stuff may be like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way good. Jan. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
OK, so I'm not the best at reviewing albums to which I have an intense emotional attachment, but here goes nothing...
I bought Dig Me Out because it was a curiosity as to why I didn't own any Sleater-Kinney albums to date, based on my general taste. And loved it! I bought One Beat shortly after it came out, not having heard any criticisms-even amateur ones. Slowly, but surely, I began to love One Beat even more than Dig Me Out.
I've always thought that many a' music fan's focus on technical prowess over a band or artist's ability to touch the audience emotionally (i.e., hoarding all of Van Halen's albums because Eddie is just so damn good despite the overwhelming goofiness of the band as a whole). However, I find Sleater-Kinney's pure talent to be truly, and some would argue, finally showcased in this album, and that is certainly to their credit. Every aspect of this album should blow everyone's mind-technically.
In short, One Beat provides the perfect blend of unbelievably good writing with soul-wrenching truth. My husband and I saw them in concert last spring on their tour to support this album. We went home and had the greatest sex of our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably, thier best yet Aug. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult to imagine Sleater-Kinney ever topping thier previous output--a continuously ascending arc of blistering fury and incandescent songcraft that threw in as many left-field surprises as it did deliver stone punk classics. But, sure enough, Corin, Carrie and Janet have topped themselves. "One Beat" is simply one of the best records released in quite awhile, and absolutely inspiring effort which drops thier already incisive take on interpersonal politics and gender issues into the context of a world turned upside down, both in personal cases(Corin had a baby) and in global cases (the 9/11 attacks and increasing militerization). They do so with such conviction of stance, such forcefulness of attack, that it's impossible not to join them in the good fight. In the opening cut, Corin drops the impossibly ingenious line about turning the world upside dow and shaking the fossils out that lays out thier manifesto loud and clear: they have the will, and,more importantly, the means to reimagine a bankrupt world from the ground up. That world is presented with phot-realstic intesity on "Far Away", an account of 9/11 told from Corin's single-mom point of view over a chugging metallic groove that literally puts the events in your living room. "LIght-Rail Coyote" tells the tale of a coyote wandering onto a train, which they use as an allegory of cultural yearning. Musically, the song is as rocking as they've ever been, almost approaching Led Zep in sheer riff-rock power. "Step Aside" is as righteous and awe-inspiring a song as I've heard in a long time, a riotous blast of Motown horns, wah-wah guitar, and soulful testifying that seems destined for rock immortality. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! April 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so it seems to me like there are two camps of SK fans. There are those who have followed them for years and been apart of the whole Riot Girl/Kill Rock Stars Label/Olympia rock scene and then there are those who haven't. I for one have only gotten into Sleater-Kinney in the last year and a half. That being said, old school SK fans (like some of my friends) hate this album. They pine for the days of "All Hands on the Bad One" or "Call the Doctor". I guess since I'm in the newbie category really like it a lot. It takes a few listens but the unique vocal tracks combined with some great instrumentals makes this cd a great find. I admit that the vocals take some getting used to but that's one of the aspects that makes this band great. Every single song is good and I guess this album is like "The Rising" for people under 30. I can relate to this and the political commentary unlike Bruce's latest. I would definitely recommend this album to any thinking person who likes to be challenged in an unconvential way.
*Note* Sleater-Kinney is touring the country now opening up for Pearl Jam and I recommend seeing them live. They put on a great show here in San Antonio and played a lot of stuff from this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should I run your rockets to the stars?
It's the type of insurgent call to arms that went out of style twenty years ago, but its unaplogetic sense of politics is only the first thing to treasure about One Beat. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by E. Kutinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautifully angry
The best album I've heard from Sleater Kinney and one of the best albums I've heard in years.
The music is driven and forceful. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by Eddie Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Riot Grrrls
Sleater-Kinney have never sold out. From the sound of things, they aren't planning to either. They are not just any girl band.
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Karry Dougan
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Yet!
If their were an award for best original anti-war activism songs/albums, this one should go down on the record for the current war in Bagdad. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Alexis A. Zinkerman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
I think i can say with some certinty that this is the best Sleater-Kinney album since Dig Me Out. therefore making it a must-buy, along with their first album.
Published on June 29 2003 by M. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars One beat to destroy them all.....
While I've been a fan longer than the release of this album, and have seem them live twice (and not just opening for another band), and come from their hometown, and am totally in... Read more
Published on June 25 2003 by LK
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best cds that I own
I had the chance to see Sleater Kinney open up for some Pearl Jam concerts I went to.
These girls rocked out! Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by "jearlpam79"
5.0 out of 5 stars One Beat to rock them all....
A friend of mine played this album for me, and I knew shortly after the first couple of songs that this was one to add to my collection! Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by Shawna L. Tobias
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Fav Albums of Year!
Up until One Beat, I liked Dig Me Out the best of the Sleater-Kinney discs. Some great songs on there. Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by Ted Strong
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