- Audio CD (Aug. 19 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Pony Canyon
- ASIN: B00006BGPG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
Though you can hear plenty of straight-ahead words and guitar punk rock, there's tons more. Just like everyone rock band in the world, there's a fresh element of electronica, but unlike everyone else, the instrument is a theremin, one of the very first electronic instruments, before the synthesizers now everywhere aro
und the music world. There's an element of soul, especially in the last song Sympathy, which if it weren't for Corin's distinctive voice (a familiar Olympia from the South reminiscent of a Kurt Cobain), you'd almost mistake it for a song from The Gossip.
The impact of September 11th can be obviously felt on this album. "Far Away", which from the Pacific Northwest, New York must have seemed, is an especially piercing reminder of that inexplicable sudden nausea everyone felt that day. You feel it again in the guitar, in an unfamiliar dissonance in the familiar Corin-Carrie counterpoint. Even with a new found patriotism, the classic antiauthoritarianism of punk rock can still be felt with "and the president hides / while working men rush in / to give their lives.Read more ›
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.