When I found out in January that Carrie Brownstein, who I knew from Portlandia, was in a band I was shocked. When I learned that band was touted as the greatest American rock band - according to Greil Marcus of Time magazine - I was flabbergasted. So of course I listened to Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities To Love” and I really enjoyed it.
The first thing I noticed was how good the mix sounded, the guitars are crisp, the drums are punchy and present and the vocals are brought out just enough to bring the focus to them. The guitars especially sound fantastic and they play some really cool riffs throughout the album. The drums are amazingly solid throughout the album, all the rhythmic choices fit really well into the songs. I especially love the tom focused breakdowns.
As someone who had never heard Sleater-Kinney’s music I have to say that the “price tag”, the first song from this album, was a really good introduction. The guitars get right in your face right at the beginning and the drums come in really strong. Then the chorus comes and it is really catchy like several other tracks on this album, specifically “no cities to love”, “new wave”, “price tag”, “no anthems”, and give me love”. The lyrics on this album, while not incredibly dense or complex, are pointed and sharp. Tracks like “no cities to love” and “hey darling” are clear and focused on the message of the track.
Lastly I just wanted to say this album is really tightly brought together, the mix,the instrumentation, the lyrics, and vocals all are brought together really well. The album itself is only ten tracks and goes by really quickly. This album is really good and probably will be a favorite of mine at years end.