Rank: for Sleater-Kinney had a lot to live up to on The Hot Rock. The album was beloved by critics, and rightfully so.
The songwriting was top notch, the playing A Quarter To Three - Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (CD and in your face but the songs accessible enough and even somewhat catchy enough so as not to alienate the listener. Simply put, it's a stone cold classic. Like many bands trying to follow a classic, Sleater-Kinney took the wise root and tried not to emulate it and most likely fail, but go for something a little different.
The Hot Rock offers a much more melodic, gloomy and introspective sound than the band's previous albums. Does it work?
For the most part. One of the best aspects of The Hot Rock is the emergence of guitarist Carrie Brownstein as a significant vocal force, her softer voice being more well suited to these new songs. The End of You has some great vocals by Carrie during its choruses. The Size of Your Love is a genuinely beautiful ballad featuring some violin that Carrie really shines on. Also throw in the title track and Quarter to Three, two other slower songs that feature Carrie, and it proves to be her breakout album; she's the real star here.
At the same time, having two confident vocalists allows Sleater-Kinney to open up on tracks like Burn Don't Freeze and One Song For You which feature separate vocal lines sung by Brownstein and lead vocalist Corin Tucker that overlap A Quarter To Three - Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (CD other. Instrumentation on a whole is more experimental as well.
The band calm down their playing, focusing more on melodic lines than power chords to suit the less aggressive songs. It's not their strongest work and I don't think as a band they really peaked until The Woods, their second masterpiece, where every instrumental break is monstrous and momentous, but The Hot Rock is a step in the right direction. Don't Talk The Line is one track that even ventures into an Indie-ish sort of sound featuring some lo-fi guitar strumming and some more beautiful crooning from Carrie over a Frampton-ish, rotating speaker-infused lead guitar, setting up one of the many classic rock sounds that would begin to make their way into their work before peaking on The Woods.
It's different for sure, but probably my favourite song on the album. So is A Quarter To Three - Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (CD Hot Rock all soft and mellow?
Not at all. Tracks like Living In Exile, Start Together and End of You all offer some frantic, dissonant and noisy guitar freak outs and those same old love-em-or-hate-em Corin Tucker wails. The balance between these tracks and the new ones is really what makes The Hot Rock a great album though.
On their own, the songs aren't A Quarter To Three - Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (CD as memorable as those on other Sleater-Kinney albums, 2 or 3 aside, but as a whole every song works nicely together, making The Hot Rock an album that's really better heard as a whole. So, all in all, it's not really Sleater-Kinney's best work, but it's a damn fine album either way and an important work in their oeuvre.
Tweet Recent reviews by this author. Plumtree Predicts the Future. Kandle Kandle. Galaxie Today. Blur One Beat. Dig Me Out. The Woods. I like that it got super melodic while still maintaining a bit of their trademark edge. This is probably my favorite Sleater-Kinney album. They just sound like they Album) having fun recording this album.
It had TWO melodies going side by side. I had to listen to more. I ended up finding the Hot Rock cd at a Circuit City by my house at the time and I would rock the shit out of it in my discman.
Except for maybe the Minutemen Fight me. Probably tied with The Woods for my favorite S-K album. And "Get Up" is one of their top three songs overall. I love this album. The way both guitars and vocals come in and out and weave themselves together is perfect.
Also there are hooks everywhere. Has been my car companion the past few weeks! Was one that took me a little longer to get into, but I'd say it's probably my fave up there with the Woods, A Quarter To Three - Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (CD. Same one that had Beth Orton "Stolen Car" on it. Such great albums from that year. I'm really getting old. Probably the most stylistically distinct album in their discography besides The Woodsborrowing from the Midwest emo sounds of the decade but still sounding distinctly Sleater-Kinney.
Good stuff. This album and the Woods are tied for my favourites. I have two copies of this record and one of them hangs on my wall as a proud tribute to an album in my top 10 favourites of all time. So many super catchy songs Start Together and Get Up are probably my favorites. The album that really saw the band progress as songwriters and Carrie and Corin as guitarists. I've tried listening to Sleater-Kinney but can never seem to get all the way into it.
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