Without losing any bite, Sleater-Kinney’s sophomore release was more fun, more self-assured, rangier and just plain better than the band’s self-titled debut. The band showed real growth, especially considering how quickly this record followed the first one, and Call the Doctor hinted at the full-on awesomeness of Dig Me Out, which was right around the corner. Weiss’s drums help immeasurably, keeping listeners guessing with playful misdirection, while Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein were beginning to understand how to fuse punk-rock anger to infectious melodies. “Little Mouth” is an absolute rager, with Tucker wailing through the chorus as though she’s been scalded by hot water, but it’s also a catchy tune with a halting rhythm that begs replaying. “Stay Where You Are” inches closer to the bobbing-and-weaving Tucker/Brownstein vocal dynamic that would become a signature, and Brownstein herself steps out with “Heart Attack,” a melodic album-closing classic that she sings gloriously off-key.
By Nick Marino on 04.18.12 in Icons
From their formation in Washington State in the mid-1990s to their amicable split in 2006, Sleater-Kinney were more than just the standard-bearers of riot grrrl, transcending both gender and the signature post-grunge sou...
By Marc Hogan on 02.19.15 in News
Sleater-Kinney and Bob's Burgers are together at last, and they're a mighty endearing combination. The riot-grrrl icons' TV ties are well-documented — or haven't you visited Carrie Brownstein's Portlandia? — and when Bob...
By Marc Hogan on 01.28.15 in News
There's no way the groundhog will see his shadow — at least, not based on this week's charts, which are thawing early from their usual January freeze. Fall Out Boy claim the top spot on the latest Billboard 200, but the...
By Marc Hogan on 01.20.15 in News
When Sleater-Kinney originally announced their first new album in a decade, No Cities to Love, they said the deluxe vinyl version would come with a 12-inch single containing two bonus tracks. Today is the album's release...