One Beat

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sleater-Kinney... go for defiant uplift and seem energized by the challenge.
  2. Blender
    100
    S-K swagger like they never have before, eschewing the filler that made their last few records drag. [#9, p.157]
  3. An uncompromising, energetic monster of a record.
  4. For several albums now, Sleater-Kinney has shown eagerness to experiment, and it seems to be pounding at a wall, getting ever closer to the recording that will break it down. One Beat isn't quite it, but it makes a glorious noise in the process.
  5. One Beat joins the likes of Fugazi's In On the Killtaker and Bikini Kill's Reject All American for its impassioned new-world resistance, and could very well be the greatest triumph of punk independence since Black Flag.
  6. "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.
  7. All of One Beat is strung loosely together by a common plea: for awareness, for understanding, and, most of all, for holding onto hope.
  8. The album retains the trademark layered sound of earlier work, the dueling guitars, the wailing vocals, the powerfully musical drumming, yet it plunges into much darker territory than before.
  9. One Beat is the Portland, Ore., trio's best work to date, illustrating yet again that women can play and will be heard, with or without a political platform.
  10. By taking the visceral punch of Dig Me Out and The Hot Rock, blending that with the pop sensibilities of All Hands on the Bad One, and throwing in a few bonuses, Sleater-Kinney have crafted their best album yet.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    There's lots for the lovers, plus some surprises that might win over a few haters. [23 Aug 2002, p.142]
  12. 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.
  13. Spin
    80
    One Beat's hooks require a few passes to take hold. [Sep 2002, p.127]
  14. 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."
  15. Q Magazine
    80
    Sometimes an attitude, a thumping beat and an A-plus scream like the one Carrie Brownstein provides here are really all that's needed. [Oct 2002, p.117]
  16. 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.
  17. Uncut
    70
    Bright, socially and emotionally engaged, justifiably righteous in places, and not quite the right sort of fun for the New York scenesters. [Oct 2002, p.104]
  18. Alternative Press
    70
    There's no absence of strong material here, although the sequencing feels awkward. [Oct 2002, p.94]
  19. Few bands could explore motherhood and terrorism without making you want to shoot them: Corin Tucker's electric-shock voice and the adrenal guitars make them as essential pop topics as schoolyard crushes and backstreet drugs.
  20. Mojo
    70
    One Beat is not an album you slip into. You pick it up, study it, twist it, put it down, pick it up again. [Sep 2002, p.108]
  21. Magnet
    60
    The mixed results are troubling. [#55, p.86]
  22. Sleater-Kinney’s weakest album in years.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 15, 2015
    10
    Honestly, my first exposure to the band, and I've been an addict since. Though written and released a decade ago, man, does it still ringHonestly, my first exposure to the band, and I've been an addict since. Though written and released a decade ago, man, does it still ring true today, even if the names and targets have changed. Full Review »
  2. TimE.
    Jan 13, 2005
    9
    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 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." Full Review »
  3. AndrewI
    Sep 16, 2002
    10
    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?