Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
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Based on 12 reviews
2005 Ratings: #7 / 367
User Score
Based on 148 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.
jordanhgood
96
LAAAAAAAAAAAAAND HO'.
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
KengojiUltamYT
100
Thanks Melon
CHEENYUS
52
While the production itself might be really loud and packed with noise, it also gets obnoxious after a few tracks. The singing in the meantime just sound like typical ’Indie-Rock’-vocals.

BEST: Jumpers, Modern Girl
WORST: Let's Call It Love
Space Vacation
91
Where the fuck has this been all my life?
I feel like such a clown for never listening to this earlier.

If you are reading this; listen to this album. Just do it now.

Vocals are absolutely stupendous and the music is so god damn catchy.

This will likely be a classic for me now.
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END OF YEAR 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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