Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2005 Ratings: #5 / 476
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Based on 445 ratings
2005 Ratings: #16
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CRITIC REVIEWS

94
Coke Machine Glow
No longer satisfied with only being arguably America’s finest punk act, Sleater-Kinney has now somehow morphed into a '60s psych-metal band from hell.
90
Pitchfork

Even in the face of its cock-rock trappings, The Woods most closely recalls the righteous fury of their first great albums, Call the Doctor (1995) and Dig Me Out (1996).

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
This is a big step forward for this Oregon trio's seventh LP.
90
PopMatters

The Woods, with all of its “life” metaphors, ends up sounding like that four-letter word: confusing, fucked-up, chilling, and sometimes shatteringly beautiful.

90
AllMusic
It may be Sleater-Kinney's most mature and experimental album to date, but unlike most mature and experimental albums released by bands entering their second decade, it doesn't forget to rock like a beast.
90
Drowned in Sound
Skull-crushingly heavy, but not without a heart, 'The Woods' is definitely Sleater-Kinney’s finest (and loudest) hour to date.
80
Rolling Stone

More than any previous Sleater-Kinney record, The Woods reflects the classic-rock undercurrent that runs through the punk heroines' live shows.

80
Paste
The trio delights in creating songs just to tear them down and rebuild them again in a different way, giving the album a dissonant, experimental edge.
70
No Ripcord
There's not a whole lot that's new with this record, even if some of it is new for you.
WhatTheFunk
NR

If some misogynistists, old rock lovers fan of Bon Jovi & Guns N' Roses says women can not rock, play them this album. Sleater-Kinney is the most RRRRRRRRRRRIOT female trio of all time. After signing with Sub Pop they offer us "The Woods" produced by Dave Fridmann. When I listen the entire S-K discography, I did not expect a slap like this. So far their best record was the awesome "One Beat". And suddenly, everything changes. Now, I think their best album is "The ... read more

koner1
77

Twin Peaks

KIDWITHGUNs
71

GREAT!

Hella overrated. Vocals are enormous and never fail to hit the listener like a freakin kamikaze. And the guitars on this are other-worldly.

It's just... I've heard it all before.

VIBES - ○Stageplay in Heaven°

th_initiator
89

▲ = The Fox, What's Mine Is Yours, Modern Girl, Entertain, Rollercoaster, Steep Air, Let's Call it Love, Night Light
▬ = Wilderness, Jumpers
▼ =

LaCroixBoix
92

If you don’t think Sleater-Kinney is a top 10 act to come out of the 90s it’s time to wake up child. Surrender yourself to the catchy riffs and wailing vocals of Carrie and Corin.

No seriously, this album has so many memorable moments that it’d take a long entry to write about all of them. Let’s be honest nobody wants that. So I’ll keep it short. The Woods is a very above average album that is a transformation point for a band that really highlighted the riot ... read more

breadviews
100

This is noise rock perfection. There's so much energy here thanks to the fact that all 3 members are some of the best at what they do. Corin Tucker has a very strong and raw voice that I absolutely love, Carrie Brownstein has some absolutely incredible riffs on this album, and Janet Weiss' drumming brings the perfect raw energy needed to make everything work. Jumpers is the best song here in my opinion, as it mixes the incredible riffs on this album with some really chilling lyrics.

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Track List

1The Fox
3:24
86
2Wilderness
3:40
88
3What's Mine Is Yours
4:58
90
4Jumpers
4:24
90
5Modern Girl
3:01
92
6Entertain
4:55
87
7Rollercoaster
4:55
85
8Steep Air
4:04
83
9Let's Call It Love
11:01
97
10Night Light
3:37
91
Total Length: 48 minutes

Year End Lists

#12/Rolling Stone
#19/Pitchfork
#33/No Ripcord
#35/SPIN
#47/NME
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