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All Hands on the Bad One

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The Ballad Of A Ladyman
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Ironclad
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All Hands On The Bad One
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Youth Decay
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You're No Rock N' Roll Fun
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#1 Must Have
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The Professional
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Was It A Lie?
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Male Model
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Leave You Behind
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Milkshake N' Honey
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Pompeii
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The Swimmer
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 37:08

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Paste magazine's former managing editor, Nick Marino has published music writing in Entertainment Weekly, Spin, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal-Constituti...more »

04.11.11
Far more than the sum of their parts
2009 | Label: Kill Rock Stars / Redeye

Of all Sleater-Kinney’s albums, this one probably best illustrates the sweet-and-sour vocal interplay between Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker. Their voices are all over each other — overlapping, competing, popping up, dropping out, adding up to far more than the sum of their parts. Witness for instance “You’re No Rock n’ Roll Fun,” the closest this band ever came to The Donnas. Or check “Leave You Behind,” one of the band’s great (and too rare)… read more »

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ellawitch

one of my fave sk cds. makes me want to jump around and sing along. some great songs on this one!

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ktpapa

I heart S-K but AHOTBO wasn't an immediate love as DMO and THR are / were. An interesting observation, if one agrees with the contention that this is S-K's most feminist album.

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Sleater-Kinney switched gears on their follow-up to the challenging, introspective The Hot Rock, delivering their brightest, most accessible album to date with All Hands on the Bad One. That’s partly due to a renewed assurance in craft — the arrangements here are the most refined of the group’s career, and their performances the most polished. Corin Tucker seems to be in complete command of her voice as an instrument, delivering her most nuanced vocal performance to date. Tucker and Carrie Brownstein’s guitar interplay is up to their usual standard of intricacy, but instead of wildly careening off one another, the two mesh more seamlessly than they ever have. Plus, drummer Janet Weiss had been honing her skills as a backup vocalist, and the group makes full use of that extra instrument, packing the tracks with lilting three-part harmonies. Yet all of this craft and control shouldn’t be taken as evidence that Sleater-Kinney has toned down the passion that makes them so exciting. Even if All Hands on the Bad One isn’t as desperately cathartic as their previous records, there’s a contagious exuberance in the performances, and the band is absolutely brimming with confidence and vitality. Though the record still covers serious political and emotional topics, its overall aura is best summed up in “You’re No Rock n’ Roll Fun,” a bouncy, playful jab at snobby scenesters unable to remember the good times at the core of so much great rock & roll. Not only is All Hands on the Bad One Sleater-Kinney’s most consistent overall set of songs since Call the Doctor, it’s also evidence that the band has taken that philosophy to heart. – Steve Huey

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