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07/02/2015 : SLEATER KINNEY - No Cities To Love

SLEATER KINNEY

No Cities To Love

MusicCD
Indie

[80/100]   

SUBPOP
07/02/2015, Paul PLEDGER

The band's eighth album in twenty years is actually their first studio collection for a decade and if Sub Pop have been nervy about getting any sort of return from these ladies, they needn't - No Cities To Love sounds like a serious contender for year-end round-ups and long-lasting heroine-worship from all and sundry. What sets this album apart from many peers are the riffs - from Price Tag to Fangless right through to the concluding Fade, in a bass-line free world, lesser bands would make their guitar-powered art sound like a fuzzy wall of meh. Sleater-Kinney turn bricks to dust with stealth and subtlety, NOT rock-posturing, just merely knocking a great tune out and doing what the marvellous Bettie Serveert used to do and what the Breeders stopped doing after two albums. Well worth the ten-year wait.

 

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
07/02/2015


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