Sleater-Kinney is back after a decade hiatus with a new album and debatably a new sound. While their punkness has faded with age, their lyrics and music are still top notch. As a whole, this album did not impress me as much as I thought it would, but I suppose that can be expected when extremely high expectations for a band that had such an impact on my youth does things a little bit different.
While their aesthetic and material stayed the same, their production value and instrumentation took a huge step up. Though I prefer a lo-fi approach instead of their more polished production, I will say that they can play their instruments well. If you are not familiar with Sleater-Kinney–their impact and sound–you’re better off going into this album with a fresh approach and an open mind. If you are familiar with this band and grew up listening to them as I did, then just know that this is a bit different.
They are great musicians with a lot of experience, and their music deserves to be paid attention to. Especially to the title track, “No Cities To Love,” which is by far my favorite and the best. It’s catchy and energetic and has a great riff. Listen to this album. Form your own opinions.