Sleater-Kinney - One Beat (Cover Artwork)


Sleater-Kinney: One BeatOne Beat (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: rayjayrayjay
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Okay, I admit it, when I first got this album I was convinced: best album of the year! No doubt about it, even if I'd never given Sleater-Kinney the time of day beforehand. Infact, after reading Time magazine calling them the 'Best Rock Band in America' last year, when their last album, 'All Hands o.
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Okay, I admit it, when I first got this album I was convinced: best album of the year! No doubt about it, even if I'd never given Sleater-Kinney the time of day beforehand. Infact, after reading Time magazine calling them the 'Best Rock Band in America' last year, when their last album, 'All Hands on the Bad One' was doing the rounds, I was summarilly turned off.

But, judge not lest he be judged, I decided to give 'One Beat' a shot. And sure enough, it was a whole lot better than I thought. I, who would have scoffed at a band with no bass a year ago, was stunned by what Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein can do with their insturments, everything sounds so rich. The opener and title track, 'One Beat' seems to either meander along at a steady pace or burst as if rushing through rapids. 'Oh!' seems all sugar coated and girly, seemingly denying their riot grrrl roots. 'Funeral Song' happily wanders along nicely.

But, as I found two weeks later, the problem with these songs, and the album as a whole, don't have staying power. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a quality effort, but plugging it into my ears now sees me often reaching for the 'skip' button.

There are, however, som real diamonds that don't lose their lustre. 'Light Rail Coyote' stands out with one of the best guitar lines on the record, and it's odd structure is strangley hypnotic. 'Combat Rock' proves you don't always have to be loud and angry (and even male) to write great politically based music. Sleater-Kinney's answer to post-September 11 patriotism is biting and true ("since hen is skepticism un-American / dissents not treason but they talk as it's the same") and sometimes even bitter ("show you love your country, go out and spend some cash"). O2 definitley is as good as Sleater-Kinney have ever been ("I depend on oxygen / I depend on bitter snow") and it leaves you wondering how such great lyrics can come from the same people who wrote 'Pristina', which shows up just two songs later. Perhaps it's just not my cup of tea.

If there was an awrd for best Half-Album of the year, this release would win hands down, as there are some really great, and I do mean great, moments on this album. Unfortunately, there is no such award, because part of the art to making a great album is getting it right the whole way through. Sleater-Kinney are close, yet so far away.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Jprnotld87 (January 5, 2012)

Why haven't they reviewed Dig Me Out, that's got to be the greatest album all the way through I've ever heard by them. This album is still good, but does not compare as far as impact and lasting power of Dig Me Out.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

This is still the best album reviewed on here, to the people that don't get it, you are all dumdums and need to eat it serious! Every track on here is great besides the one about the 11th, I don't want to hear that shit I'm eating.

StephNJ (October 1, 2003)

I think this is one of the best albums I've listened to. Sleater-Kinney is so dynamic, getting me riled up about the government in "Combat Rock" and then feeling for Corin in "Sympathy." My favorite song would have to be "Oxygen." I will never get tired of listening to this CD!

AnaMorph0sIs (August 26, 2003)

I like this album, but as you say, it definitely has some low points as well. 'Pristina' is one of my favorite songs on it though, I love the lyrics to that one. :)

Vien (October 14, 2002)

Really? I've been doing that bit for 10 years.

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

Hey Vien, that bit was funny for about thirty seconds.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

sorry poo poo gets 1/2 star

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

I smell poo poo

Vien (October 13, 2002)

You can call him ray or you can call him jay or you can call him rayjay....but don't call him jayray, he hates that. Call him rayjay, yes....rayjay.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

Wronger??? That's not even a word, word!

rayjay (October 12, 2002)

try reading the review again - note that i HAVE listened to them before, and i DONT think it is a bad album. try reading the review before commenting on it

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

It's funny that you think that this is a bad album, but also there best work yet lyrically and you've never listened to the band until this album was given to you to review. Try knowing music before you review it.

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Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

go back to kentucky, dipshit

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

Your review was wronger than 2 boys holdin hands.

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