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  • Summary: The first release in ten years for the indie rock trio of Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss was produced by John Goodmanson.
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Bury Our Friends
Today I am stitched up and sewn Catch me up, I got warmth in my bones Locks 'em down you know you could throw away I found my legs Ready to climb... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Jan 12, 2015
    100
    Though some of their peers may have waned on their long, drawn out returns, Sleater-Kinney have only grown stronger in their time off. Ten years away has made them more essential than ever. Nostalgia be dammed.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 2, 2015
    100
    No Cities To Love stares down its troubles, power and joy ultimately lying in the hands of the people who can write such songs. [Feb 2015, p.86]
  3. Alternative Press
    Jan 7, 2015
    90
    They've returned fully charged on the triumphant No Cities To Love. [Feb 2015, p.94]
  4. Jan 23, 2015
    90
    Clocking in at a mere 32 minutes, the album is conceptually and sonically tight.
  5. Jan 13, 2015
    85
    No Cities To Love finds the trio facing inwards, rocking out in a tight space, writing short and punchy punk songs and just generally enjoying bouncing off each other once more.
  6. Jan 29, 2015
    80
    No Cities To Love is Sleater- Kinney’s most focused, accessible and often furious work.
  7. Jan 7, 2015
    70
    Accept the slight strain of portentousness to this album, though, and you'll find a world-class rock band in as fine form as ever.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jan 20, 2015
    10
    I didn't think that the metascore would be so high, honestly, but it's good to see that this excellent, excellent, album gets the reviews thatI didn't think that the metascore would be so high, honestly, but it's good to see that this excellent, excellent, album gets the reviews that it deserves. And, hopefully, the attention S-K deserves.

    I loved it, focused and thrashing punk, always with the meaningful lyrics that represents them. This is quintessential Sleater-Kinney, with Janet precise drumming, Carrie's very creative riffs, and Corin's powerful voice. I don't think there's gonna be something better in rock this year.
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  2. Jan 22, 2015
    10
    Sleater-Kinney is one of my favorite bands of all-time -- the fact that they regrouped and created a new album is amazing to me, it's as ifSleater-Kinney is one of my favorite bands of all-time -- the fact that they regrouped and created a new album is amazing to me, it's as if Joe Strummer never died and The Clash got back together ... and what's more, in doing so, they released an album that feels like there wasn't 10 years in between The Woods and this. It feels completely natural, a S-K album through and through - and yet it also feels like an evolution in the best way possible. I've missed Corin Tucker's screaming/singing (and her solo work is good but not here). I like Portlandia but this is where Carrie Brownstein is at her very best, and Janet Weiss pounds the drums as well or better than anyone else.

    Like most great albums, this gets better and better with each listen. So glad this is getting the press and attention it deserves - Sleater-Kinney was and is again one of the very best bands in the world.
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  3. Jan 25, 2015
    9
    This album is great. It both glamorizes and pokes fun a hipster culture while parodying and taking part in that post-punk genre of music. AnThis album is great. It both glamorizes and pokes fun a hipster culture while parodying and taking part in that post-punk genre of music. An excellent album about losing fame through age and tiredness and regaining it back, breaking idols, so on and so forth. Add some sick guitar solos and you have a killer pop album that is a great start off for 2015. Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2015
    8
    Their first release in ten years and eighth album overall. Many only released just how good they were until they took an indefinite breakTheir first release in ten years and eighth album overall. Many only released just how good they were until they took an indefinite break after 2005's The Woods. They weren't just the best all-female band of their era, but were easily one of the best bands around during the ten year period from 1995 to 2005. Formed initially as a side project, they decided to become a full band after recording their debut album. With a sound that can be described as a mix of 90's alt-rock, punk and feminism, they went on to release seven albums in ten years. No Cities to Love is a great return. It's short, at just over 30 mins, and packs one hell of a punch. No Cities is more than just a revival by an old band who hammer out some half-assed tunes, get paid but are unable to capture anything close to what made them great in the first place. The band worked on No Cities for two years and ditched anything that sounded too much like their past work. It's hooky and full of energy, with complex rhythms, creative riffs, powerful vocals and excellent drumming. Whether you're a big fan from the past or relatively new to them, there's something here for all to love. Expand
  5. May 29, 2015
    7
    The 10 year hiatus hasn’t tempered their resolve for innovation. As taut, and musically confrontational as anything from their back catalogue.The 10 year hiatus hasn’t tempered their resolve for innovation. As taut, and musically confrontational as anything from their back catalogue. Love them or loathe them, there is no band that sound likes Sleater Kinney, and they remain just as valuable as they have ever been Expand
  6. Jun 14, 2015
    7
    The guitar riffs sear, the drums punch, and Corin Tucker's vocals emote with conviction. This is a great return for fem-rock three-pieceThe guitar riffs sear, the drums punch, and Corin Tucker's vocals emote with conviction. This is a great return for fem-rock three-piece Sleater-Kinney. The mastering delicately balances the instrumentation and the cuts here are concise and structurally stable. They stay their welcome the approximate length of time, no track here drags. The hooks are catchy and display a legitimate edge that hasn't worn over the band's hiatus and Sleater-Kinney's sound has been refined and focused with a modern sensibility. However, I can't help but feel that the three-piece aesthetic limits the group, and this album from pushing things further. It's not necessarily stale, just ordinary, preventing much stylistic variety and rendering the whole sound a tad homogenous. Still, great album. Expand
  7. Feb 3, 2015
    5
    Cannot for the life of me understand the overwhelmingly positive reviews this album is getting. No doubt, it's a sophisticated work, just likeCannot for the life of me understand the overwhelmingly positive reviews this album is getting. No doubt, it's a sophisticated work, just like everything else in Sleater Kinney's past--the two-punch guitar attack of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein is still as dynamic as it ever was--and the album still retains the defiant spirit of punk feminism that characterized their early works. But this album does nothing more than reaffirm strengths that were established 15 years ago, and the melodies are for the most part generic pop melodies that sound too radio-friendly to be Sleater-Kinney. I'm not saying this album had to be a follow-up to The Woods, but damn this is boring. You can listen to the album once and you've heard everything you already need to hear. Expand

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