- No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
Based on 29 reviews
2015 Rank: #4 / 718
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477 ratings

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The Skinny

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


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.


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.

Entertainment Weekly
Now that they’re back, here’s to them living forever.
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.

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

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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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

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.

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.


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.

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.
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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
The Guardian
All hail Sleater-Kinney: as riotous and vital as ever.
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.

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. 

Really tried to get into this, but it's so painfully generic, that it's a bland experience.
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
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.
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.
Very surprised! Not usually a fan.
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# 2 - A.V. Club
# 49 - American Songwriter
# 14 - Billboard
# 7 - Clash
# 8 - Consequence of Sound
# 9 - Cosmopolitan
# 6 - Diffuser
# 9 - Drowned in Sound
# 14 - Entertainment Weekly
# 4 - FasterLouder
# 30 - Gigwise
# 10 - Loud and Quiet
# 12 - Magnet
# 21 - Mashable
# 14 - MOJO
# 2 - musicOMH
# 17 - Newsweek
# 13 - NME
# 7 - No Ripcord
# 4 - Paste
# 86 - Piccadilly Records
# 27 - Pitchfork
# 16 - PopMatters
# 11 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 35 - Q Magazine
# 3 - Reverb
# 11 - Rolling Stone
# 60 - Rough Trade
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# 27 - Stereogum
# 1 - The Daily Beast
# 6 - The Guardian
# 1 - The Skinny
# 2 - TIME
# 40 - Time Out London
# 6 - Treble
# 23 - Uncut
# 17 - Under the Radar
# 32 - Variance
Track List
  1. Price Tag
  2. Fangless
  3. Surface Envy
  4. No Cities To Love
  5. A New Wave
  6. No Anthems
  7. Gimme Love
  8. Bury Our Friends
  9. Hey Darling
  10. Fade

Added on: October 20, 2014