Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
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Based on 13 reviews
2005 Ratings: #5 / 429
User Score
Based on 228 ratings
2005 Ratings: #4
May 24, 2005 / Release Date
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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
96
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
Inglume
92
[SJO Counter: 7]

It’s about time.

So I listened to the newest Sleater-Kinney project in hopes of getting a good start into their actual discography. I liked Sleater-Kinney, even though I never properly listened to a full album from them. With their latest release, I was disappointed with the end result, so this was the perfect opportunity to get into The Woods.

And yeah, it’s amazing.

The Woods is a very varied, experimental, crushing and loud record, but behind all of the ... read more
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°
Toasterqueen12
76
Number 7:

The Woods. I don’t know what to say for this one. I’m going to take a page from KIDSWITHGUNs’ playbook and say “My favorite food is grilled cheese.”
Liljc
100
Yeah... something about this clicked so hard today. As always Sleater- Kinney’s songwriting is incredibly sharp with fantastic lyrics and catchy melodies, but the production is what gives this album it’s depth and what makes it the band’s magnum opus. It’s beyond belief that a record with no bass could have this much low end. The riffs are beyond description, they are so heavy and raw. As always the balance between Carrie’s monotone and Corin’s Spectacular ... read more
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Year End Lists

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

Track List

  1. The Fox
  2. Wilderness
  3. What's Mine Is Yours
  4. Jumpers
  5. Modern Girl
  6. Entertain
  7. Rollercoaster
  8. Steep Air
  9. Let's Call It Love
  10. Night Light
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