ALBUM REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

SLEATER-KINNEY ... No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)
SLEATER-KINNEY ... No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)
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BACK from hiatus and very much back in vogue, this Olympia, Washington outfit are a prime example of one who’ve become appreciated further in their absence.

With their first LP in a decade, however, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss are finally garnering the buzz they so richly deserve.

Indeed, No Cities To Love sounds not like a group who’ve been away doing their own things, but rather one who’ve spent the intervening years pent up in a cage, itching to unleash their stores of wicked rhythmic riffs and searing punk energy.

At a shade over half an hour, there’s also no room for excess baggage, as the trio blast through 10 cuts with the urgency of one eager to remark their territory and reassert their influence.

It’s a truly terrific return, and makes for the year’s first must-hear album. 8/10. AW