One Beat - Sleater-Kinney
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Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: The acclaimed indie-rock trio from Olympia, Wash. return with their sixth album.
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  1. 100
    S-K swagger like they never have before, eschewing the filler that made their last few records drag. [#9, p.157]
  2. An uncompromising, energetic monster of a record.
  3. "One Beat" is so rich with strong new ideas that the dense disc actually takes some getting used to, a real accomplishment for a band some already view as an acquired taste.
  4. One Beat is ruthless with SuperGlue riffs that reach back a decade or more, from the Go-Gos pogo of "Oh!" to the stuttering Cure guitars of "The Remainder" to the Buzzcocks toolings of "Hollywood Ending."
  5. The group sometimes sacrifices immediacy for angular melodies and riffs that don’t catch hold. On balance, though, One Beat’s musical progression is still extremely impressive.
  6. Their riotous manifesto remains the same, but their musical dialect has expanded to include blues, soul and even traces of pristine Led Zeppelin-era metal.
  7. Sleater-Kinney’s weakest album in years.

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