TUE, AUG 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

M A Y 24 - SLEATER-KINNEY - The Woods (CD/LP)

Sleater-Kinney is a three-piece rock and roll combo from the wilds of
Portland, Oregon. They have paid their dues and left their mark, not
only in their native Pacific Northwest, but the world over. The dual and
dueling guitars and voices of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein have
produced 6 albums in the last 10 years. 4 albums and 7 years ago they
were joined by the fantastically insistent and inventive drumming of
Janet Weiss and Sleater-Kinney as we know it today was complete. But,
enough with the background already…

The Woods is the title of the new Sleater-Kinney album and it’s their
seventh full-length release. It was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming
Lips, Mercury Rev, Low) and reveals a very different side to the band.
Like many things with sevens on it, it features an itch, a need to try
new things. Sometimes people get scared by new things, which is one of
the reasons people are disappointing. This is to say that, like
Sleater-Kinney, you should not be afraid of new things: honest-to-god
guitar heroics/solos; new depth and heaviness to the songs; fuzzed out
lows cropping up in places formerly reserved for staccato highs. All of
this surrounding and infiltrating the constant in the Sleater-Kinney
program: three, breathing, playing as one with unfettered passion and
emotion. They want history, they want time, they want art, they want to
deal with culture, they have demands, they have needs, they have vision,
they have aspirations. And now they have The Woods. Luckily, so do we.

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson