How It Should Be
Hopefully youâ€šÃ„Ã´ve already bought The Woods, Sleater-Kinneyâ€šÃ„Ã´s excellent effort of 2005. If not, or if you own a single Nickelback album, then go buy this record now and listen to it until you realize exactly why Sleater-Kinney is such an excellent rock band.The band sounds extremely well oiled, and it isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t due to big studio tricks. These ladies arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t mired in the same complacency as many of their â€šÃ„Ãºalternativeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ counterparts, and this willingness to take risks clearly didnâ€šÃ„Ã´t have a negative effect on the cohesiveness of the band. Lead singer Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss have come a long way since their early days in the Pacific Northwest.
The Woods is not an album on which all the tracks run together in one monotonous streak. Its opening track, â€šÃ„ÃºThe Fox,â€šÃ„Ã¹ begins with harsh feedback and gritty, pounding guitars before Tuckerâ€šÃ„Ã´s banshee-esque vocals kick in. Then there are tracks like â€šÃ„ÃºModern Girl,â€šÃ„Ã¹ which begins with a more mellow sound of overlapped guitars and harmonica.
ame The lyrics on the album are excellent. On â€šÃ„ÃºWhatâ€šÃ„Ã´s Mine is Yoursâ€šÃ„Ã¹ Tucker sings â€šÃ„ÃºSit down, honey, let’s kill some time/Rest you head on this heart of mine/Come on darling, let’s hang around/Let’s wreck their precious, their perfect town.â€šÃ„Ã¹ But itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the delivery that even further injects her words with fervor.
Sleater-Kinney even end the album on a strong note, with the excellent â€šÃ„ÃºNight Light.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Catchy melodies donâ€šÃ„Ã´t have to be sacrificed for the sake of creativity, or vice versa. These ladies prove this on The Woods. From the very beginning Sleater-Kinney draw a line over which only brave or curious listeners will cross. So be a brave and curious listener.