Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Some of the finest music of their already sterling career.
  2. I highly recommend this album - musically, politically, aesthetically, thematically - you name it.
  3. Song for song, this could be its best album.
  4. Their brightest, most accessible album to date... the band is absolutely brimming with confidence and vitality.
  5. All Hands on the Bad One finds the Northwest power-trio at their most melodious, playful, sarcastic, and punchy-- both musically and lyrically.
  6. 80
    With simple surf beats and a lyrical bent that takes in everything from ladymen to male models, All Hands... is mostly playful (You're No Rock & Roll Fun) with a touch of pathos (Was It A Lie), but not a bad one in sight.
  7. A strong collection of quick, higher-energy rockers.
  8. 80
    All Hands on the Bad One may not be as spiritually cohesive or accomplished as the band's classic 1997 outing, Dig Me Out, but none of that matters when you turn it up and play it loud.
  9. 80
    Despite the signs of sonic evolution, All Hands is mostly cut from the same cloth as its predecessors, with the record's heat generated from the braiding of lead singer Tucker's histrionic vocals and Brownstein's deadpan backup and everywhere-at-once guitar.
  10. All Hands on the Bad One returns to concise song structure, making it more accessible and ultimately more satisfying.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 11, 2015
    10
    I think this is Sleater-Kineey's most accessible album, but all in all it is amazing. Is just good fun, great rock, and, in this case, a girlI think this is Sleater-Kineey's most accessible album, but all in all it is amazing. Is just good fun, great rock, and, in this case, a girl band doing what it does best, rock on. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2015
    10
    Easily their glammiest album, and arguably their most fun. No doubt that one can hear the joy that came with recording it. Sweet mix of hardEasily their glammiest album, and arguably their most fun. No doubt that one can hear the joy that came with recording it. Sweet mix of hard rocking and a serene touch on their rare undistorted ballads (Left Behind, and The Swimmer). Full Review »
  3. GustavoM
    Jan 1, 2004
    10
    This album is amazing, for all things: the lyrics, the music, the great voice of Corin Tucker, it's rock 'n' roll!!