Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2002 Ratings: #28 / 192
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
2002 Ratings: #26
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August 20, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
Indie Rock / Genres
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With One Beat, Sleater-Kinney have turned in an album that absolutely, positively OBLITERATES the gender card, an album so colossal that all prefixes to the label 'rock band' must be immediately discarded.

Drowned in Sound
Dealing with issues of motherhood, war, isolation and desire, this, their sixth studio album is lyrically and sonically the best that the band have made.

True, the group does occasionally fall into the angularity that made The Hot Rock their least immediate effort, but One Beat offers more rewards upon repeated plays -- the more challenging tracks eventually do sink in.

Rolling Stone

With One Beat, S-K remind the moshing masses that punk spirit requires more than three-chord synchronicity.


One Beat's hooks require a few passes to take hold. But the band's return to forward motion still feels like leadership.

NOW Magazine

With lyrics that mix gender inequity rants with cries against rabid "bombs not compassion" U.S. patriots, One Beat is more thoughtful and sombre than 2000's All Hands On The Bad One.

In between the domestic, the commercial and the worldly, Sleater-Kinney keep it wild.
Another great release by the female Indie Rock powerhouse with some of their best songs and some hidden gems hidden within their for one of their most political charged and most punk styled releases.

Track Review

One Beat 10/10
Faraway 9/10
Oh! 9.5/10
The Remainder 8/10
Light Rail Coyote 8.5/10.
Step Aside 7.5/10.
Combat Rock 8.5/10.
Oxygen 7.5/10.
Funeral Song 8/10
Prisstina 7/10
Hollywood Ending 7.5/10.
Sympathy 8/10

Average: 8.3/10
Sleater-Kinney here incorporate some changes to their sound on One Beat, some nuanced and some more in your face, that make their sixth studio outing one worth checking out. This is especially true if their sound already works for you, but doesn't necessarily mean that this isn't a bad album to pick up on its own right for a new listener to the trio.

One Beat doesn't deviate too heavily from the punk roots Sleater-Kinney have remained loyal to over their discography, but take some detours that ... read more
A transition album of sorts, the expansive, politically-charged “One Beat” represents the final album to adhere to the classic Sleater-Kinney punk rock sound. It’s a crowning achievement marking the end of a hell of a creative tear, where the band hammered out five punk classics over the course of six years, creating an instantly recognizable template yet always challenging themselves. And indeed, though “One Beat” is a classic era Sleater-Kinney album through and ... read more
Space Vacation
You could say I officially love this band.
Some songs in "One Beat" refer to 9/11 tragedy, and i had no idea, of course many of their songs refer to social themes in general. To be honest doesn't matter to me, i would have liked this album the same, even if they had singed about laundry soap, simply because is one of the most energetic, fiery and Brash punk rock/ alternative rock albums that i know. It makes you feel pity for their competitors.

Highlights: "One Beat", "Faraway", "Oh!", "The ... read more
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