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One Beat Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • 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 48 customer reviews
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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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
"Proving once again that girls can rock just as hard as boys" might sound like a sexist line, but it just might be necessary. Because the majority of you have never heard bands like Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and Rasputina, the fact the girls *do* rock just as hard as boys is not widely known or accepted. But with their every growing popularity despite refusal to join the ranks of a major label, Sleater-Kinney convince more would-be rocker grrrls to pick up live instruments and scream their hearts out than Kathleen Hanna likely will at indie shows for the rest of her life. One Beat is an unintentional concept album of sorts; it's Sleater-Kinney as every band you've never heard. Far Away has a riff that would sound right at home on any Led Zeppelin album, Step Aside has a Blues Brothers-esqe horn section, the Sept. 11th inspired Combat Rock is composed like a System Of A Down song, and I believe I even heard some Hendrix in there somewhere. When all of the music is in place it's the perfect contrast of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein's vocals that takes these songs to a level above what most bands are capable of. If you only buy one album by an all female band from this year, make this is the one. If you only buy 5 albums period, same deal.
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S-K have always written good rock poetry. They can take the same heartbreaking bad breakup and retell it in 10 distinct and interesting ways. But their previous albums could also be listened to "just" for the music. Songs like "You're no Rock and Roll Fun" or "God is a Number" (to name just 2 of many) could be listened to for the melodies, the hooks, the textures, without paying too much attention to what they were saying. On this CD the lyrics really move to the forefront. The songs are musically more reserved, more confined. S-K still play their guitars and bang their drums with a lot of energy, but the songs themselves are more repetitive, less "catchy" or "infectious" and they force you to pay more attention to the words. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because the lyrics are generally pretty interesting and thought-provoking pieces of poetry. However, there are no tunes that really make me want to turn up the volume while I'm listening, that stand out in my mind after the CD is over, or that make me want to listen to listen to it again. I don't mean to say that this a boring or bad album. I would say that is more work and less fun than some of their other work; it requires some thought, concentration, and effort. First-time S-K listeners might want to start with "The Hot Rock" or "All Hands on the Bad One."
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Sleater-Kinney has created a near-masterpiece; I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. I still say "near" because I think they will be band that will make an album that will flat out destroy everything that is wrong with the music industry today. (First of all, why is it an "industry"?) One Beat doesn't quite do it, but it's close. It is just under 40 minutes long, but it contains everything that life can possibly have; joy, sadness, sex, death, anger, love, determination and will, spirituality, and the list goes on and on. You can also make a huge list of influences that some reviewers have pointed out: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Aretha Franklin, Go-Gos, X-Ray Spex, even Patsy Cline or Neko Case. Some may think the album "copies" these other musicians; I prefer to think of this album as an homage to them.
Oh, yeah, the music is awesome too. Like most Sleater-Kinney albums, it takes quite awhile to adjust to. I've owned One Beat since August, and only in the past couple of weeks have I started liking the song "Combat Rock," and now it's one of my favorite songs on the album, same with "Light Rail Coyote." This is new, this is different, and yet still looks back on the past with admiration. Give it some time if you buy it. Just think what people must of thought after they put the needle down on Revolver or Trout Mask Replica for the first time. One Beat isn't going to change rock music forever like those albums, but the same spirit of innovation and love of making good music is here. And it RAWKS!!!
Lastly, if I had my druthers, the title track of this album, not "We Will Rock You," would be played at sports events all over the world.
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