One Beat - Sleater-Kinney
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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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  1. GarlandB.
    Aug 17, 2002
    Completley thrilling.
  2. AndrewI
    Sep 16, 2002
    I think this is the most thrilling band in the world right now. This essential album might be their best, might not - does it really matter?
  3. IanC.
    Aug 22, 2002
    I wasn't a huge fan of this record when I first bought it. After listening to it several times, it's now my favorite SK album. The new sounds and instrumentation that the group has added take all these songs up a level. Basically, I love "One Beat" because it pushes SK's sound further and I know that I'll be able to look forward to many more records by a band still in its stride. Expand
  4. JamesB.
    Aug 30, 2002
  5. JamesA
    Aug 30, 2002
    I haven't been this excited about music in a long time!
  6. TimE.
    Jan 13, 2005
    You can't beat "One Beat." The greatest and most meaningful songs of their career. You can even shake, mosh and groove to the funky beats of "one Beat." Expand
  7. BillyD.
    Aug 16, 2002
    Mostly in the same rocking-yet-serious vein as The Hot Rock (thought not up that album's gold standard). The best tracks are the ones that are the most far out and experimental, like the title track, Oh!, and Sympathy. The radical (but thoughtful) political sentiments and Carrie's new, "rougher" style of singing might take some getting used to. Overall, a fantastic album, but not S-K's best ever. Expand

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