Of all Sleater-Kinney’s albums, this one probably best illustrates the sweet-and-sour vocal interplay between Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker. Their voices are all over each other — overlapping, competing, popping up, dropping out, adding up to far more than the sum of their parts. Witness for instance “You’re No Rock n’ Roll Fun,” the closest this band ever came to The Donnas. Or check “Leave You Behind,” one of the band’s great (and too rare) power ballads, with a chorus to melt your heart. Above all, do not miss “Youth Decay,” a 160-second punk-rock bottle rocket that’s arguably most exciting track in S-K’s catalog. Brownstein hangs back in brooding monotone, while Tucker throws herself into a performance that scorches the earth.
By Nick Marino on 04.18.12 in Icons
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By Marc Hogan on 02.19.15 in News
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By Marc Hogan on 01.28.15 in News
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By Marc Hogan on 01.20.15 in News
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