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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
*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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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... Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by jeremiah d conway
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
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by W. Parrish
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