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.
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 morePublished on May 3 2004 by E. Kutinsky
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
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Alexis A. Zinkerman
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
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 morePublished on June 25 2003 by LK
I had the chance to see Sleater Kinney open up for some Pearl Jam concerts I went to.
These girls rocked out! Read more
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 morePublished on April 14 2003 by Shawna