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Dig Me Out

Sleater-Kinney

1997

Dig Me Out

Album Summary

Dig Me Out is the third studio album by the American rock band Sleater-Kinney, released on April 8, 1997, by Kill Rock Stars. The album was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded from December 1996 to January 1997 at John and Stu's Place in Seattle, Washington. Dig Me Out marked the debut of Janet Weiss, who would become the band's longest-serving drummer. The music on the record was influenced by traditional rock and roll bands, while the lyrics deal with issues of heartbreak and survival. The album cover is an homage to The Kinks' 1965 album The Kink Kontroversy. Two singles were released in support of the album: "One More Hour" and "Little Babies". The title track "Dig Me Out" peaked at number six on the KEXP Top 90.3 Album Chart in 1997 without being released as a single. The album was acclaimed by music critics, who praised the album's energy and feminist lyrics. Retrospectively, Dig Me Out is considered the band's breakthrough record and is frequently included on several publications' best album lists. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 189 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
  • Indie
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5

This entire album just worked for me, the dissonance, distortion, the low production value, everything about it just clicked

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4

S-K makes the good music. The guitar tone is consistently excellent across the album, very raw to go with the vocals. My ear for drums must still be amateur, as this is where most notice a change for the better with the introduction of Janet. But I haven't listened to any of their live material post-departure, and it's about time to return to their latest.

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5

Lots of feelings and vulnerabilities exposed with this one. I first heard Sleater-Kinney when they opened for Pearl Jam in 2003. I was…not a fan. My ears felt assaulted. In the almost 20 years since I first heard them, I have tried several times to like them. I SHOULD like them because they have all the pieces of a band I should love. Women who rock and pull no punches. A sound that is unique and a message I can get behind. I can’t quite figure out what I turns me off so much and I have spent way too much time pondering this question. I thought at first that it was the way her voice sounds like reverb to me, but I think that could be really interesting used in the right way. I actually really dig the music so that isn’t it either. I think what it boils down to is that it feels like she is just shouting at me. Now stick with me here because this is the soul bearing part. It turns out that I have a huge double standard. I can listen to a man scream into a microphone and find it earnest and impassioned. I listen to a woman scream into the microphone and I find that I want her to tone it down, pretty it up, not be so emotional. Oh fuck, how did I get to be so sexist?! And now you know my deepest shame. It turns out that I want to smash the patriarchy but in a nice (and more melodic) way, which is really not smashing it at all but just succumbing to my programming. I’m giving this album 5 stars and I will keep listening to it because this album, more than any other, has made me think about myself and how I view the world and who taught me to view it the way that I do. It turns out I disliked Sleater-Kinney because it feels like an exposed nerve, which I think is kind of the point. And one that I want to keep exposing.

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This was like listening to my angsty 14 year old sisters band in 1993.

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Verlaine's guitar, Patti's yodel, Joey/Dee Dee/Tommy/Johnny's/'s pithiness, Thurston/Ranaldo/Gordon's turbulence. It's amazing when a band can wear their influences so proudly, yet still sound utterly unique. Every song is an anthem to be played while the world collapses, and during its reconstruction.

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3

A Sleater-Kinney song could possibly work for me in a soundtrack but I’ve never been able to get involved in their stuff

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Shit

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5

This is one of the best albums that I didn't know and I'm listening now with this site. This is just a great and classical rock album with all the strength and soul that was expected from a real rock album. For sure, it is a five-star album

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5

Like a cherry bomb of emo punk energy

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5

This is the kind of album that makes me regret not listening to it sooner, because I could have been enjoying this one for years already. Perfect blend of punk, indie & menacing, angular post-punk vibes. Great strong vocals. Whole album is lean as hell with no spare flabby moments. 5* quality.

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4

This one his hard. I mean, it's punk, right? You don't expect pretty vocals from a punk album. And, as a fan of punk, I'm not much bothered by harsh, off-tone, or grating vocals. Nor do I have issues with female vox that are brash and rough. I kinda dig the riot grrl thing, to be honest. That said, I do think that the main vocalist is the primary issue here. The problems are two-fold. First, the vocals are super inconsistent. One track will be great, the next will be indiscipherably mumble-shouted. The next will start great and then turn into atonal nonsense. The second issue is Corin Tucker's leaning into her vibrato too heavily. Her vocals on this album are a one-trick-pony that's asked to perform so often that the trick loses its novelty. Overall, though, this is a solid punk album and I'm here for the riot grrl schtick. It works for me.

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cool fem rock

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3.4 - The songs rock but I find the vocals shriek-y, like I'm being yelled at by my girlfriend for 35 minutes straight.

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Stop warbling for christ sake

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Why must she sing ?

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5

kek

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5

такое, конечно, под настроение заходит - и вот сегодня как раз было настроение=)

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5

I love the Riot Grrrl sound so much. Not only is this important music, it is also impressively powerful, raging, and Righteous.

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5

Classic. Never gets old. 9.5/10

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5

Very familiar with this one...always a good listen

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5

Sounded like pumk to me. I liked it the energy and rawness of the guitar and vocals. Will listen again!

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5

Brilliant!

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5

really cool i loved

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5

One of the greatest albums of the 90s. Guitar interplay is amazing. Corin Tucker's vocals are incredible. 9-10/10

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5

Classic

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5

This is a mega fave!

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5

The third SK's studio album of 1997. Nice punk rock from 90s. I like the energy raw sound and nice vocals of this album. The cover is an homage to The Kinks' 1965 album The Kink Kontroversy.

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5

Record labels did a horrible job exposing gems like this to me when I was 27 years old. That's the only explanation for why I never heard this until now. What an absolute fucking joy. After 309 albums, I live for moments like this: Finding something new (to me) and immediately falling so hard it that a band becomes a new obsession. This warranted a repeat listen right away, since I didn't want it to end (but props to Spotify for following it up with a banger by The New Pornographers). We could all use a little more Sleater-Kinney in our lives.

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5

This album just straight up rules

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5

I really love this album. Riot Grrrl greatness! Corin Tuckers voice—powerful, and that tremolo or whatever it is… ❤️

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5

Great album, really liked it. V 90s, intense, quite grungy. Excellent.

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5

1997, great year for music. I listen to this all the time, but probably only discovered it about 10 years ago. One More Hour, right in the feels. Oh you've got the darkest eyes.

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4

ok yea this fucks

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4

These rockers are full of vigor, and I cannot relate, for I am merely a sentient blob wasting away into nothingness over time. Seriously, though, this was riot grrrl all the way. Having always had a tough time getting into punk (not into such brash vocals for any gender at all), I actually enjoyed this? Sometimes I liked being able to focus on the instrumentals a bit more, but I think that's just my musician bias showing. A 3.5 that's getting pushed into 4 territory.

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4

Pretty cool punk album with woman lead vocals.

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Loved the final song, emotional and raw voice lines accompanied by clear and playful guitar sounds

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4

Solid 90s punk rock.

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4

De esa música que creo que debí haber explorado hace años, cuando me empezó a gustar Pearl Jam (a los que le abrieron el concierto de 2003 en México al que no pude ir). Me gusta mucho la voz de Corin Tucker (en este disco) con ese vibrato que transmite enojo o tristeza. Y bueno, el detalle de en 1997 tener una banda sin bajo, de puras chicas y con una exrelación tortuosa entre ellas.

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4

Although I love bass, I also enjoy a duel guitar setup. Lots of fun interplay here. Like a good trio too cause you can hear each element so distinctly. Wish I woulda caught a show back in the day.

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4

Good album

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Frickin' dope. I am now a riot grrrl!

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4

A great album, love the driving grunge, lyrics with vulnerability and aggression. Had listened only to their more recent album from 2019, which was also very good. Coincidentally I was recently listening to a This American Life episode from 1997 in which they featured "Words and Guitar," which made me like that song even more. I did not learn until after that there is no bass, which I was impressed with because they have achieved a full sound without it.

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4

Raw power.

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4

A very cool album. I would never have head it but I am so lfad I did. Bands that started as punk bands make for cool bands.

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Dig Me Out is the follow-up to Sleater-Kinney's highly acclaimed second album Call the Doctor, released in 1996 by the queercore independent record label Chainsaw Records. Call the Doctor confirmed the band's reputation as one of the major musical acts from the Pacific Northwest, rebelling against gender roles, consumerism, and indie rock's male-dominated hierarchy The song "One More Hour" is about the breakup of Tucker and Brownstein's romantic relationship Like its predecessor, Dig Me Out also features songs that show frustration with sexism and gender stereotypes.[12] "Little Babies" is a protest against the traditional maternity role, while the title song "Dig Me Out" exposes a woman in a dominant role.

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Cuando vi que tocaba punk otra vez pensé que no me iba a encontrar en ánimos de escucharlo. En realidad fue una sorpresa bastante grata, de nuevo un disco sencillo pero muy correcto musicalmente, no trata de explayarse más allá de lo que debe, 36 minutos y 13 canciones. En este caso, a diferencia de Wire creí por un momento que debían de ser como del 86-89 y me agradó mucho ver que había gente haciendo punk propiamente dicho en el 97, sin exagerar en tratar de evolucionar melodías, hacer pop-punk o meter demasiado sonido de rock alternativo, ni esos sonidos que vendrían casi ya en ese momento para el garage revival. Un disco de punk muy bien hecho, que se oye clásico para cuando salió sin escucharse anticuado ni trillado en sus sonido. Me agrada que sus letras no suenan quejosas ni a sermón pero sí tienen bastante fuerza de un mensaje feminista, incluso cuando pareciera que algunas solo hablaran de "desamor." Creo que los grupos de mujeres en el punk siempre le dieron algo de frescura a una escena que se presta a ser club de Toby y es aun más agradable conocer a un grupo que vale bastante la pena incluso sin tomar en cuenta el género de sus integrantes. Este disco suena muchísimo mejor y vale más la pena que cualquiera de los que nos han tocado de garage revival y en este caso sí es un disco que podría verme escuchando de nuevo en un futuro cuando estuviera de humor punksoso.

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4

There are some awesome guitar tones on this thing. I enjoyed much more than I expected to.

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4

Dig Me Out is a super strong opener. Though I don't really love the dual guitar no bass setup, sonically it works. Though Corin Tucker's vocals cut like a frenzied, razor sharp knife. Not What You Want is great multi-layered track. I do love how the backing vocals are so distinctive on the album in general. Jenny is a strong closer.

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4

enjoyable sonic youth vibes on "not what you want"

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4

Generally I would give it a 3, but the day wanted me to have the mindset for this. Fun ride.

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4

Rock. Good but not memorable.

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4

Super fun riot grrrl stuff. Gets a little samey, but not in a bad way. It wants you align with its vibe, and if you won't do that then fuck you. I like that energy.

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4

Sleater-Kinney find their stride on this album full of angst and polish. Girl rock deserves some special attention as this exemplifies what the genre can offer.

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4

Daaamn, sounds fucking good. gay gay homosexual gay

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Very 😎

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4

Grrrrrrl power!

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4

I know Carrie from Portlandia, but this is the first I've heard of S-K. Great energy, interesting chord progressions for punk (I -> ii -> I, etc.). The vibrato starts to grate..

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So I have a memory of going to a Pearl Jam show with Kate in Baltimore, and Sleater-Kinney opened. Kate was not a fan. And this is what I have always remembered any time Sleater-Kinney has come on or come up in discussion, especially around Kate. Now I have learned that this never happened. We did go to the show in Baltimore, but Sleater-Kinney wasn't there. (We may have both seen Sleater-Kinney open for PJ in '03, but weren't there together.) Not sure how this Mandela Effect of a memory got into my brain, but I'm gonna default to blaming the marijuana. As for "Dig Me Out," and Sleater-Kinney in general... I've listened at least 3 times trying to figure out where to land on this. I like female-fronted rock bands. Really like. It's what I listen to more than anything else. Sleater-Kinney should be right up my alley. But I've never quite gotten into them. I've always tolerated them more than Kate, who despite that false memory really doesn't dig Carrie Brownstein's voice. I've only ever listened to them in small doses - I think this was the first time I listened to a full album. My first reaction was an agreement that I don't love the warbling thing that Brownstein does with her voice. But by the time I got to the end of the album, it was growing on me a bit. Sometimes the warble is used very effectively, other times less so. On repeated listens, I came around more. She's still not in my top 10 of female rock vocalists (been thinking about that a bit), but I can tolerate and oftentimes enjoy/appreciate it. However, Corin Tucker's backing vocals on "One More Time" - "and you, and you..." - are annoying. And "Little Babies" is by far the worst song on this record - I'm not sure what hell-yeah sees there. "Dance Song '97" is my favorite. Throughout the album, though, the energy is great, full of punk and riott ferver. I still wound up stuck between 3 and 4 stars. So I'll complain about the 5-star system again. Untappd has a 5-star system, but broken up into .25 increments. If I give 3/5, that's a 60%. This album isn't "barely passing," but I've also gotta keep a scale on this system somehow that differentiates between B+ and B- albums. I promise not to whine about the star system for another 10 albums...

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4

Rad. Unique voice. Good listen all through

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4

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Remember that episode of Portlandia where they're at a 'cool' wedding and... No? Well all my friends tell me that I should watch and it's sooo funny... Sleater-Kinney was one of those bands that I should've spent time listening to but I never made time for them until now. Some of the tracks are familiar but most of it I'd never heard. I dig the repetition and the syncopated rhythms and raw energy. I bet they put together a great show. (They're at Merriweather in August). Some of the stand out tracks are 'Buy Her Candy', 'Heart Factory' and 'Jenny' but I really like 'One More Hour.' Such an interesting riff and the layered guitar produces a song to experience. I'm not tied to Carrie's voice, but it plays really well on this track. Perhaps in another 20 years I'll get around to watching some Portlandia. I understand it's something that I'd dig.

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4

Unexpectedly great.

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4

Loved it!

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4

I wish I could give this another half star... 4.5 stars

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4

A good surprise. 3.5 Never heard of them but will listen again

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4

Enjoyed it. Band I'd never heard before -- One More Hour is a great tune.

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4

Live this album such energy and passion. And the songs are great. The high-pitched, warbling vocal style is an acquired taste, but one that I have acquired and now crave. These women rock with enthusiasm and they have the chops...especially the drums which are exemplary. Can sound thin due to the 2 guitar no bass set up but never shrill, I can say as a bass player and bass lover that I don't miss it. 4 🌟

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4

There are few things more pleasurable in music than chaotic dissonance cohering into blissful melodic order, and then crumbling back. And that's what Sleater-Kinney do time and time again, and the trick never wears thin.

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4

Toegankelijke en muzikaal sterke punk met vrouwenstem.

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4

A lot of fun, and super energetic and creative. I just wish a lot of the songs were looonger!

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4

Pleasantly surprised

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4

First new album in a while that I had never heard before and really enjoyed. Dig the riot grrrl’s! Need to listen some more, but this is good stuff.

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4

I am not familiar with SLEATER-KINNEY or their third album DIG ME OUT at all. I’m not into the Riot Grrrl movement, except for the exposure and loving THE SLITS’ CUT from the 1001 Albums Generator. I know THE SLITS are more an inspiration to the Riot Grrrl movement rather than being part of the movement itself. The only other indirect exposure I have with the band prior to listening to DIG ME OUT is that I am aware of and like CARRIE BROWNSTEIN very much as an actor from the television series PORTLANDIA. After listening to DIG ME OUT, this album is very good, but it lacks that special something. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, SLEATER-KINNEY - DIG ME OUT, is one only album listed. Rate Artist: SLEATER-KINNEY (4.0) Rate Album (Year): DIG ME OUT (US 1997 Original) (4.0) Ranking of SLEATER-KINNEY - DIG ME OUT songs No. Title Length Ranking 1. "Dig Me Out" 2:40 09.0/10 2. "One More Hour" 3:19 09.0/10 3. "Turn It On" 2:47 09.0/10 4. "The Drama You've Been Craving" 2:08 09.0/10 5. "Heart Factory" 3:54 10.0/10 6. "Words and Guitar" 2:21 10.0/10 7. "It's Enough" 1:46 08.0/10 8. "Little Babies" 2:22 10.0/10 9. "Not What You Want" 3:17 08.0/10 10. "Buy Her Candy" 2:02 09.0/10 11. "Things You Say" 2:56 08.0/10 12. "Dance Song '97" 2:49 10.0/10 13. "Jenny" 4:03 08.0/10 US 1997 Original Release 117.0/130 = 9.00 / 2 = 4.50

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4

Interesting sound

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Auuuu prejak album, Sleater-Kinney ide na detaljno slušanje čim se vremena uhvati, zaljubljen sam.

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Ako spominješ indie rock i nalaziš se u godinama krajem devedesetih? Ovaj bend je neizostavan. Nema dvojbe. Opasna godina, gdje je izašao LCW od Modest Mousea, Perfect From Now On od Built To Spill, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One od Yo La Tengo...and so on. Ovaj album znam po tome jer sam tražio albume bar malo sličnim takvim kao što su ova prva dva što sam nabrojao. Sviđa mi se, daj što više ženskih bendova, i'm up for that. super album, nije na razini tipa eto već spomenutog Lonesome Crowded West i Perfect From Now On, ali je zadovoljavajuć i dobar. vrijedi poslušati.

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4

I liked this one. Catchy songs, and really interesting riffs.

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4

Sort of like the Go-Go's didn't sell out.

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4

Wall to wall bangers

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4

Very fun!

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4

Finely honed.

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4

Great punk rock with the occasional bubblegum pop nod thrown in. The warbling vocals can get a little bit much across the whole album, but you can't fault its passion. Best Tracks: Dig Me Out; Words and Guitar; Little Babies

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4

Don’t know what happened with side 1 but the minute side 2 hit, I was hooked. Not the most ground breaking rock, but still very very good. Fav song is probably little babies

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4

Super fun. This album is the reason I need to do this. I've never got around to listening to a full Sleater-Kinney album despite knowing they informed a load of music I like. Some of that uncontrolled vibrato in the vocal annoys me and a love a heavy bass, which is inevitably not ever going to feature in an early SK record. Still, enjoyed and will return.

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4

Never heard of them, but I love this asthetic. At some points I felt that the vibrato or whatever it was called was a bit overdone, but otherwise super.

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4

Rock alternativo. Bastante bueno.

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Holy shit what a surprise. I've been meaning to get into this band but didn't realize they were this good. I really am a fan of the riot grrrl movement. Tucker's vocals scream energy and emotion, often haunting or filled with ambition or desperation. Drumming is consistent and powerful, not too complex, but adds to the chaos, necessitated by the lack of bass. The guitarists have a post-punk sound to them, making them stand out in the 90s indie sphere. You can hear some grunge influence, such as the finale "Jenny." Songs are fast and short, with an average running time of just a mere 3 minutes. I applaud the feminist lyrics, which use extensive settings and metaphors (nothing obnoxious or meaningless), utilizing both vocalists well to engage the audience. Fan of the whole album, although the formula could get a bit tiresome near the end. Favorites: Dig Me Out, One More Hour, Heart Factory, Words and Guitar, Little Babies, Buy Her Candy, Dance Song 97, Jenny

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3

Very strong 3. Vocal performances stand out.

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3

This album would have benefited from having a different lead vocalist, but it's not bad. Maybe more misses than hits, but the hits are solid. Best track: Heart Factory

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3.5

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Feminist Punk...I really appreciate the message and movement. Too bad I did not grow up with this movement...women are still underrepresented in this scene. Despite their strong message, their style is not very mature yet in this album. And I don‘t particularly like Brownstein‘s voice (too much vibrato).

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3

I mean, it's not a bad album, but I was not nearly as impressed as I expected to be...

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3

too punk, didn't love the whiny voice - needed a lil more pop

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Bastante agradable el punkcito que traen estas morras, rolas con power y sin el mame de hoy en día

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I appreciate the aesthetic here. "Bedroom Production" style Punk/Riot Grrrl always works for me since it is still in many ways, a push back on the "Old Boys Club" of music. Interesting that one of the members was part of Portlandia which helped their revival. That said, I would much rather listen to this in a loud dive-venue, in my experience that's where this music has the most power. Listening to it outside of that just isn't the same. Live it would be 4/5, but recorded it's a 3/5. It is a little same-y as well, but again it works better as a live experience for me.

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Interesting. Sort of liked it!

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Hey look, it's Carrie from Portlandia! I think I've heard just the newest album from Sleater-Kinney prior to this. They're a solid punk band, a bit more polished than the garage-band variety of punk, but with the same energy. I don't love the vocals, but they're good on a few tracks. Overall, this isn't an album I'd return to but it's not bad, still a couple tracks that I did enjoy. Always a pleasure to get some music from female artists on this list! Favorite tracks: One More Hour, Babies. Album art: This one's cool, I like the different panels for the three band members. Definitely fits the '90s very well. 3/5

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3

Oh Riot Grrl, you rock my world. Oh to be in Seattle at the turn of the Millennium hearing this in a smoky pool hall. Carrie Brownstein's voice is warbly almost too warbly but the energy of what's going on justifies it. Surfy, punky and quick. It's hard not to groove here. Totally rad, but it hasn't aged as well as it could have. Not great at all times, but there's some gems here. The back half really shines, especially "Buy her candy"

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Punk-rock femenino.

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Neo punk alt.rock record which was celebrated back in the late 90s. It has a bunch of good songs, but now sounds a bit dated and does not feel as an essential listening

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3

Better than expected. Thought I didn't like Sleater Kinney but some good riffs

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This is annoying, haha. Is it actually a good album or is it just early Indy? The guitar riffs on the first few songs sound amateur, basic, repetitive. I can totally imagine Carrie Brownstein just clanging away on the guitar, LOL. The vocal delivery is always interesting. Album gets more nuanced halfway through. Actually enjoyed “Words and Guitar” and felt that “Not What You Want” rocked. This album started as an Anthrax level 1 but fought its way back to a Dusty Springfield 3.

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3.5/5 seems pretty good deal, i'll relisten to judge.

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3

Some catchy riffs & a decent punchy, punky sound. A solid 3.

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Liked it, wasn't expecting to. Punky, maybe post-punk. 3/5

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3

Drive rock and roll music with women's vocals.

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sounded post-punk like a re-hash of Siouxie and the Banshees

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3

"Little babies" penetrated by skull. Ended up listnig to there popular songs on spotify

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3

Cool, punky, rock

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3

Nice but brickwalled

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3

Eh. Its ok

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3

It was alright but I'm not super into riot grrl stuff.

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3

Meh. Voice was a little overkill but decent late grunge rock.

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3

Sax on track 7 makes it. Shows why bass is needed in Punk. Overall pretty good, right for it's idiom.

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3

The band rocks but I don’t love the vocals. An interesting voice that I can only handle a little bit of at a time. I liked the last song “Jenny” though.

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Another chick punk band. Can’t argue with the aesthetic, love the retro touches/Danelectros. But this vocalist is grating my last nerve. She’s too glissando. Clean it up a bit and call me back. And in doing so, rob Sleater-Kinney of everything that makes them unique. Maybe don’t do that just to impress one “fan”. Keep rocking, ladies, you’re doing just fine. I’ll be over by the bar, sulking.

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Nice

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Better the second listen around.

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Not really my bag, but didn't dislike it. Singer sounded like Grace Slick and Pat Bennatar had a baby.

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bit samey but a good racket. And never heard em before which is always nice. 3

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see I can tell what sort of “sound” this music is supposed to be but I don’t like it. her voice was jarring and the songs were almost monotone. instrumentally songs were strong like “It’s Enough” I had just had enough of her voice. 2.9🙂

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What if pixies let Kim sing more??…

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3.5 - very cool

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Grrrl punk is a genre I wish to know more about, this was a fine introduction although at times I found her voice a bit wobbly

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This is ok… very of its time! Struggled slightly with the vibrato on the vocal… but overall average.

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Didn’t have the time to listen properly to every track but I enjoyed what I heard which surprised me. 3*

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Arg och fantastiskt välspelad punkig rock! Älskar. Underbara riffs, bra sång, bra trummor. Finns egentligen inga svaga spår. Öppningslåtarna, Dig Me Out och One More Hour sätter tonen för albumet, med hur de blandar punkiga verser med melodiska refränger. Dance Song '97 jättebra! Heart Factory har bra refräng, arg och het. Sista låten, Jenny, är lugnare och mer melodisk, fantastiska gitarrer och trummor och magiskt outro. Bästa låt: Jenny.

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This would have been a 4, easily. But the constant vibrato on the vocals killed me.

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Hey, what are you listening to? Feminist punk, I guess. Whoa? How does that sound? Uhm... punk.

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I like it. My favorites are heart factory, buy her candy and jenny

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i had not heard of this band before but i seem to be getting a sequennce of 90s Indie famale led rock. Some of the tracks are a little manic/ punky and repetitive for me but overall i liked the sound and the vibe, and would go back for more.

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solid punk

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Fun energetic record. Some interesting moments and definitely some bops, the vocals do grate on a few tracks though. High 3/Low 4

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I like bits of it but I don't love the overall thing

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3.5

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Great guitar work in this album. Kind of got into it 3.5/5

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I really enjoyed this - having recently been listening to their "The Center Won't Hold" album and wondering where all the thrashy guitars and waily vocals went, this was an interesting comparison - I just can't believe I missed this the first time around.

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Lead singer's voice is annoying but appreciate their motivation, and sound is ok.

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Decent but wears a bit thin after about 4/5 songs.

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Not really my style of music. I might like it more if they put a bird on it.

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I'm also listening to the Rolling Stone top 40 punk albums of all time. This one is number 14 which means it's better than Dookie, Milo Goes to College, 13 Songs, and Enema of the State (spoiler: it's not). I like this fair enough. I really like the instrumentation but I'm not in love with the vocals.

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Listening to this, I thought, I get tones of Luscious Jackson. When the album finished, Spotify continued into Naked Eye.

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6/10. Sleater, Kinney.

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Some decent songs but a bit repetitive and occasionally screechy.

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Top punk album, erg vergelijkbaar met bikini kill

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C'est pas pire, c'est rock quand même et la chanteuse se donne. Certaines chanson mon accrochées mais en bout de ligne. ce n'est pas vraiment pour moi. C'est pour une autre époque. 3.

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So so riotgrrl punky rock. Interestingly the vocals sometimes sounded like Patti Smith. Not enough to keep my interest, sadly, but not terrible. A low 3.

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Struggled to really enjoy this one and I'm not sure why. It's got energy but somehow felt like a slog to get through despite being 26 minutes long. Dance Song '97 was my favourite, I guess it stood out from the punkier, scuzzier tracks. Jenny is nice and moody too actually. There is some good stuff here, so I'll round up from 2.5.

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Pretty good. I’d never heard of them before, but they have that sound that I was sure I had heard before. Definitely will listen again.

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Nice melodic grunge. 6/10

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The first 2 tracks are catchy. I especially like the second one with it's guitar lick and background vocals. In fact there are good guitar riffs throughout, the intros to some of the songs are Gang-of-4ish and at times the vocal interplay reminds me of the B52s. The lead singer can be screechy. It would have been an epic 1976 release.

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If I had to compare them to the far more commercially successful Pac NW band Hole, I'd take Sleater K any day. They have a good energy level and attitude.

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Love the music, don't like the vocals

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Ok

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could not listen to much. the lead vocalist's voice is just weird and is not enjoyable to listen to.

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Noisy thrash guitar.

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I don't know what I'm supposed to get out of this. They've got some nice sounds at times, but it's droning and repetitive and I just don't especially enjoy it.

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As noted before, I’m not huge into 90s alternative rock. This was no exception to that. The vocals were grating and some songs it honestly sounded like the guitarist barely knew how to play. Not my favorite Favorite track: “Jenny”

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Despite Carrie Brownstein being in this group, I was actually not a huge fan of this album. I don't think I liked the main singe, not sure if that was Carrie but her voice rattled as she sang and it didn't sound good to me. The music was fine and some of the chorus' were catch but then that rattley voice would come back and I'd skip the song. Glad to see a female rock/punk group!

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Ich habs mal wieder versucht, und wieder haben wir uns nicht gefunden. Mir ist das alles bisschen zu dünn; für Punk nicht Pop genug und für Emo zu wenig Emo. Sehr stylish natürlich schon, und Tucker und Brownstein sind fraglos tolle Frauen, aber ... wenn der für mich beste Song auf der Platte der ist, den sie einfach gut bei Sonic Youth geklaut haben, dann ...

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Der Begriff „Riot-Grrrl“ bekommt im Schwanz-Park von 1001 einen atonal-wütenden Nischenplatz zugebilligt. Das ist historisch irgendwie wichtig, war mir der queer/feministische Ansatz aber in fast jeder Ausprägung leider immer inhaltlich und politisch zu groß, als dass die Kunst davor nicht eingeschüchtert sein könnte und nervös ein monotones Plädoyer für die Schönheit des Makels und den Mut zu Lücke halten würde. Es macht die Sache nicht leichter, dass der Ziegen-Tremolo mir so gut wie jeden Song verhagelt, den ich grad gegen Ende des Albums ins Herz zu schließen versuchte. Mähhhhh 1.7

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I have a mildy interesting theory that every vocalist has a note they naturally sing over a given chord. A default pitch. Something to do with they way they hear music. It's the same with lead guitarists who often begin solos on the same note. The vocalist for Sleater Kinney takes it to the next level and sings the same note, at the same volume, at the beginning, middle, and entirety of every song. There doesn't seem to be any consideration for melody or dynamics or the music the rest of the band is creating. I'm pretty sure she only sings 2 or 3 different notes on the album. No dynamics. Just full throated and quivering every time. It's too bad because the guitars are really interesting and angular and melodic at times. See "Bring Her Candy" for the clearest example of the only 2 note vocals over interesting guitars. Break free from your default pitch. Give some new notes a try. At this point I should also do a self check for mysogyny and musical conditioning. If the vocalist were male would I find it less irritating? Would it sound like Sonic Youth? In the words of Shaquile O'Neil: "WE'LL NEVER KNOW". C

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I like the genre, but too grating for me. I'm not even sure why.

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Interesting vocals... but really didn’t like this one

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Hard work, jarring angular chords

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I don't like rock

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Not for me

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Very ehh Forgettable Two good tracks, that is it Final Thoughts: 2/5

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Not my vibe, but it doesn't sound bad. 2/5 stars.

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Not that great. She had a good energy, but all of the songs sounded the same. I grew tired of it After the first track.

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This album is a long string of similar sounding songs with OK music and the singer’s voice annoys me. I do enjoy the two guitar, no bass setup. Little Babies is my favorite song on the album, partly attributed to it having a high proportion where both singers are singing together. I just can’t get over the voice.

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I like strong women rockers, but this just isn't my jam. Her voice doesn't do it for me, and reminds me of Belinda Carlisle (whose voice I also don't care for). The aggressive, repetitive guitar is also not a fave of mine. I *almost* like Little Babies, but even that one got tiring for me by the end. So while I appreciate what these strong women are doing/have done, and wish them all the best at it, it's a pass for me.

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good drums

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2/5

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Forgettable late 90's alt-rock.

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Det här var lite grann raka motsatsen mot Patti. Sångerskans röst ligger inte riktigt rätt i öronen, det blir lite skrikigt. Jag gillar soundet framförallt i första spåret väldigt mycket, jag tycker det påminner om tidiga Arctic Monkeys. Men det får som sagt lite minus på att det känns svårlyssnat pga den skrikiga sången, men jag kan absolut se tillfällen då det skulle fungera väldigt bra. Jag hade gärna gått och sett en spelning i någon trång källare, det hade nog blivit fett. Bäst: "Dig Me Out"

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Stop yelling at me please.

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I like the idea of this record...but I don't like this record. Trying to objectively figure out why... I think it's two-fold: the mix is too low-fi/"indie" for me (at times it sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom which...hey, personal taste, but it sounds cheap especially with the drums). But mainly it's that the main singer (the one singing in the higher register) is abrasive as hell and just gets worse within each song and as the album goes on. There are a handful of songs where I found myself starting to bop my head (e.g. "Turn It On") and then the vocals just move more and more towards the same damn timbre and limited frantic-at-the-edge-of-a-shriek and it kills the vibe. It's like she works herself to this frenzy and gets to the peak note and just stays there the rest of the song. That being said, I can see why people would like this and I imagine Sleater-Kinney being a fun live band; pretty sure I would enjoy a solid hour long set in a club. Big points for the aggression fueled melodic content - and there's enough musical variety and talent to make it quite interesting - but the vocals and that 90s DIY sound make this album a miss for me. 4/10 2 stars.

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i very much disliked this album. the singing was just horrible and not good to listen to. however, the music was good so if it hadn’t had that god awful singing i would probably have enjoyed it.

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My god, Carrie Brownstein's frail and shaky voice is so incredibly annoying it ruins this record for me. It's such a shame, as the guitar work is stellar, but I really would never consider listening to this again. 2/5.

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Real simple and just ok

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Pretty bad, yeah. I think thats it. 2 or a 3.

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90’er punk rock, politisk, energisk

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udmærket punk

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Tror aldrig jeg kommer helt op at køre over det her.

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Not really my jam, at all.

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pas fan

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Sleater-Kinney? I hardly know her-Kinney!

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I really wasn't a huge fan, taste is subjective I suppose. I found some of the guitar work interesting, but to me it felt like a throwback to 70's punk, which is cool, but the band really didn't seem to bring anything new to the table. Singer is always yelling, even on quiet songs, which became irritating.

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Don't like at all, very whiny.

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för skrikigt va. Vill jag lyssna på skrikiga tjejer så kan jag bara stanna hemma

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Their influences are clear but there is a lack of identity. For the most part this is just messy but fleetingly there is a glimmer of cohesion.

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I find this album a bit boring. It may be important politically, but from musical point of view it is very standard.

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It is a punk rock album. I don't really care for punk rock. I don't see myself listening to this album again.

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Decent

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Wasn’t great, wasn’t terrible. I understand the influence they had, but I felt like it was the same song, with the same dissonance and muddled vocals, track after track.

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I was pretty excited to get this album as I've been meaning to check out Sleater-Kinney....but I hated it haha

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3 1/2

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Nije mi sjeo album nažalost. Većinski mi je bilo iritantno ga slusat.

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I’ll take more dark/grunge sound (Jenny) and less shrill/punk sound (Words and Guitar). 2.75.

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A few interesting songs but nothing particularly great.

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Not bad per se... but sounds like any run of the mill rock band you'd hear down your local music venue

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Good guitars and drums but not keen on the singing.

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I don't get this at all. Must be influential or something. Kat described it perfectly, the go go's with screaming.

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p805. 1997. 2 stars. Average white girl punk band with nothing to add to what The Runaways and The Go-Gos have done before. In fact it sounds like the Go-Gos. Well done of its kind but not essential listening. Why is this on the list?

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Not much for me to enjoy here, I couldn’t really get past the bleating vocals. Sounded a lot like Patti Smith to me but 20 years late, what’s the point?

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Ikkje nåke for meg

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Ikkje spesielt bra

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Those monotone vocals suck what little energy this album has out of it. It's especially annoying when they talk over each other. It was too poppy and childish most of the time. Plus, I wouldn't give any riot grrrl anything more than a 2 on principle.

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I would probably quite enjoy seeing them live, however would immediately forget them and any songs on the walk home.

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I like their energy but after awhile the vocals became quite shouty and annoying. Someone else here mentioned quite aptly that its like your girlfriend yelling at you for an hour. After this album was finished, Spotify continued to play similar riot grrl style music by the Breeders and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I must say that I enjoyed them much more.

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Awful. Really not something I enjoy listening to. The vocals just frustrated the hell out of me.

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Just laughably bad. Shreiking voice, mediocre playing. 2/10.

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Lead singer reminded me a little of the Go go’s. Na it’s a hard pass.

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Not for me.

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Angry loud grungy without the redeeming qualities.

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Wow, I hate it. It's just chaotic noise to me. Most of the singing was just annoying to me and really not much else than that. I soldiered through about half of the album and gave up after the sixth song.

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говно для панков-задротов

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Bad

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It wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it very much. I think I would have enjoyed it in 1997 but it didn't do much for me now. A couple decent songs, but a lot of the songs sounded the same to me.

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Not for me. The vocals were hard to stomach, and the music was pretty blah.

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Nope

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didnt like it

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Niet echt mijn ding, ongeinspireerd

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Sounded like the Offspring but female and worse

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I know this band is that type of Gen X alt rock that I don't like, but I've never heard them before so I'll give this a chance. Maybe it WON'T be annoying. Wait never mind, it is and it's crap. stop ULULATING ffs. Oh Christ, it's even worse than I thought. The wailing just cuts through everything and never relents. This is a fucking 1/5.

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the Go-Gos evil twin.

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This album was difficult to get through. A prime example of how a bad singer can ruin an album. The instrumentals weren’t entirely that bad but it was hard to get past the rough voice. Wouldn’t not re-listen. 2.3/10

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Power to them for being an influential chick band but to shrill for my likings

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