AOTY 2017
No Cities to Love
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2015 Ratings: #5 / 742
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 498 ratings
2015 Ratings: #69
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

In an era of cheap-shot reformations, Sleater-Kinney pull the plug on the past and flick the switch on the future.

100
DIY

There’s more than a convincing argument that ‘No Cities To Love’ could be Sleater-Kinney’s finest work to date. Honed to their sharpest point, it’s certainly their most immediate.

100
musicOMH

Somehow, from nothing, they’ve pulled off a surprising but oh so welcome return, and this record plays like a triumphant middle finger salute, coolly showing everyone how its done… and writing the first line on a thousand ‘album of the year’ lists before January’s even out.

100
Entertainment Weekly
Now that they’re back, here’s to them living forever.
91
Consequence of Sound

Sleater-Kinney are sick of the rules as they stand, but they don’t just want to break the rules; they want to make new ones. They could only do that by coming back together to reintroduce their own perspective and fight their own battle.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

The Woods remains Sleater-Kinney’s grandest statement. The trio, however, triumphs in short bursts of joy, rage, and those lesser, in-between emotions. No Cities to Love replaces its predecessor’s sweep with blood, fire, and melody

91
A.V. Club

It’s an exploration of success, of age, and of the group’s journey. And while some of the album’s sounds might not be especially revolutionary ... they’re madly solid and compelling all the same.

90
NME

The songs on ‘No Cities To Love’ are short, taut and lethal, harking back, if anything, to their earliest albums. But they’re more complete songwriters now, and there isn’t a track on ‘No Cities To Love’ that doesn’t have a killer chorus.

90
Drowned in Sound

Sleater-Kinney are one of the great rock bands and No Cities To Love is the perfect comeback: a treat for die-hard fans as well, a perfect introduction for newcomers ­– and what a journey that’ll be.

90
FasterLouder

There’s so much of the band’s past in here, from their spikiest hostility to their sleekest accessibility, but they also seem to be rewriting the rules as they go, which makes this album just fine for newcomers too.

90
The Line of Best Fit
To put it simply, Sleater-Kinney have now made eight records, and they are all very, very good.
90
Spin

Cities might be their most oblique, which is hilarious because it's also their simplest.

90
Exclaim!
There's not enough space here to get into why Sleater-Kinney may be one of the most important bands of 2015, but one thing is clear: they've already delivered a serious contender for one of the year's best records.
90
AllMusic

The first and lasting impression of No Cities to Love is one of joy, a joy that emanates from a group who realized the purpose and pleasure of being in a band during their extended absence.

90
PopMatters

No Cities to Love exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album. There’s no dead air between it and The Woods, just beautiful, logical forward movement.

90
Paste
In just 10 songs and a little over 30 minutes, Sleater-Kinney does so much more than revive an old band. They craft an argument for having improved in its absence.
90
No Ripcord

No Cities to Love is both a return to their familiar riot grrl roots and an unabashed demand to be heard again, to be idolized and adored and feared as rock icons.

90
Clash

The simple fact is that ‘No Cities To Love’ sounds hungrier, fiercer and more up for the fight than next to anything coming from newer, younger rock artists right now.

87
Pitchfork

Catchy as all-clashing hell, it's Sleater-Kinney's most front-to-back accessible album, amping their omnipresent love of new wave pop with aerodynamic choruses that reel and reel, enormously shouted and gasped and sung with a dead-cool drawl.

85
The 405

No Cities To Love certainly sounds urgent and necessary, but there's no way they sound like a band that's just started: they're just too good.

85
Under The Radar

It's really best to experience No Cities to Love on its own terms, rather than by comparison to past classics: as a loud, exciting, barely-half-hour rock record. Its simplicity is matched by its richness and vitality.

85
Northern Transmissions

Their return may be more of the same of what they usually have given us, but if there’s a limit on a need for nimble, inspiring indie feminist punk, we haven’t reached it.

84
Sputnikmusic
Not only does it meet every one of our over-the-top demands as fans, it serves as a great entry point for those new comers who have yet to be introduced to one of the most important bands of the last quarter century.
80
Time Out London

Though fretting about fame has destroyed lesser bands for good, Sleater-Kinney have come back golden. Success hasn’t killed them after all – it’s made them stronger.

80
Rolling Stone
They sound as hungry, as unsettled, as restless as any of the rookies on their jock. After a career of breaking the rules, they're back to break a few more.
80
The Guardian
All hail Sleater-Kinney: as riotous and vital as ever.
80
NOW Magazine

Fierce, forceful, vibrant - far from another phoned-in reunion or attempt to cash in on the success of the Olympia-formed trio's post-SK careers.

80
God Is in the TV

They’ve been more consistent than most of us would ever have expected for the past ten years, and they came up trumps again with another winning combo of devil may care attitude, simmering tension and frantic, unrelenting hooklines that felt like a great night out with some long lost, much missed friends.

70
Slant Magazine

A certain poptimism is missed. Less abstractly, this album conforms a bit too much to a limited Sleater-Kinney narrative: that they do one thing really, really well. 

60
Crack Magazine

While most of the album’s ten songs are endlessly listenable, that nagging familiarity is unshakeable.

Mar 31, 2015
45
Really tried to get into this, but it's so painfully generic, that it's a bland experience.
May 26, 2017
WildChameleon
83
Edit : 85 -> 83

Not their best album but probably one of their most accessible and catchy. The riffs and vocals are really impressive. (lyrics in this one are pretty good too). But I don't understand why this album is so praised.
Dec 25, 2015
SiberianBreaks
75
A solid comeback that focuses more on bringing poppy hooks to the table, but they fortunately still have that level of intensity and power that made them so essential in the past.

Favourite tracks: Fangless, No Cities to Love, Hey Darling
Feb 1, 2015
SeenYourVideo
85
Sleater Kinney's No Cities To Love is an impulsive hound on the loose - except it knows where the hell it's going. Don't press stop, cos this albums bites.

Killer Tracks: Price Tag, Fangless, No Cities To Love, No Anthems, Bury Our Friends, Hey Darling.
Jan 12, 2015
NR
Not a return to form but a return to their evolving sound. NCTL pushes what SK was doing a decade ago, after their last LP. Its a welcome return and with an album that stands up to their catalog. Welcome back SK.


Added on: October 20, 2014