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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
As on their previous records, the Pacific Northwest trio brings a trembling, breathtaking fury to songs about love's life-and-death struggles and the search for genuine emotion in a jungle of media-made hype. A Kill Rock ... more »
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As on their previous records, the Pacific Northwest trio brings a trembling, breathtaking fury to songs about love's life-and-death struggles and the search for genuine emotion in a jungle of media-made hype. A Kill Rock Stars Records release.
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Steve Firstenburg | Portland, OR. | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm glad that a lot of people who have written reviews of "The Hot Rock" are disappointed by it or don't "get it". Sleater-Kinney isn't for everyone but to me there are few bands that are better than them. I don't see S-K filling stadiums or being played at frat parties. They're a small band with a small loyal following and that's fine by me. I have never been a big fan of the so-called "Riot Grrl" movement that S-K emerged from. Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear, et. al. left a bad taste in my mouth. Too narrow-minded and one-dimensional in their approach to music. If you heard one song, you heard them all. This isn't the case with Sleater-Kinney. Somehow they have created music that is both powerful and beautiful. Why people call S-K "punk" is beyond me. I associate punk with primitive, noisy, abrasive sounding music. Sleater-Kinney on the other hand is melodic with each song sounding unique and entrancing. Sure, Corin and Carrie tend to yell a lot of their lyrics instead of "sing" but it works with the music that goes along with it. Their forth album, "The Hot Rock", is an almost perfect album. I listen to it constantly. It's on par with "Dig Me Out", Sleater-Kinney's third and most critically praised album. The only setback for them is the title song, "Hot Rock". But that song is better than the best output of a thousand other bands. That's how good Sleater-Kinney is. For anyone curious as to what S-K is about, I suggest buying "Dig Me Out". After that turns you on to the band, then come back here and marvel at the brillance that is "The Hot Rock"."
Steve Firstenburg | 02/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I heard Sleater-Kinney I was immediately hooked on Corin Tucker's voice, the unbridled yell, so honest and pure indicated that here was a group with something different. When I first played The Hot Rock, I relaxed in the soothing familiar territory I had been exposed to, but this was something different. Dig Me Out was the gates of the minds of these three women, The Hot Rock is the center of that. At first listen, I thought they had proceeded past their prime, but these women are only beginning to realize themselves. Carrie Brownstein's guitar electrifies with precision, Janet's drums keep the songs together, without her the songs would not work. Not only do we get to hear the energy of Corin's voice, but Carrie Brownstein comes in to many songs, often inter-weaving voices, which is so natural that it becomes one whole part, one person alone. Carrie's solo effort on the album, The Size of Our Love, is so brutally honest I only hope she contributes more in later albums. Not only have Sleater-Kinney have grown, and become one whole group, they are now just hitting their stride. This is what music is about, conveying thoughts and actions into sound. Sleater-Kinney do it so brilliantly I am grateful to be able to experience their music, and only hope people will realize that these three women comprise one of the greatest bands of the decade."
Intimate and intricate
Lucy Snowe | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan from the beginning, and this is my favorite Sleater-Kinney album (though THE WOODS is now vying for the title!). The others always get talked up more than this, arguably their most intimate and painful record. I don't know if it's the production, the lyrics, or the music itself, but this record always feels to me like a secret whispered by your best friend in a dark bedroom late at night and long ago, or a kiss from someone you know you can't hold onto. The technique of Corin and Carrie singing two different lyrics at the same time is in itself a feminist statement -- you cannot pin us down, we are both at once. Although I loved their records before this, THE HOT ROCK is The One that made me fall IN love with them."