Sleater-Kinney – One Beat (2002/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Sleater-Kinney – One Beat (2002/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | 00:43:28 | Digital Booklet | 986 MB
Genre: Punk rock, indie rock  | Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks
Label: © Sub Pop Records | Recorded: March – April 2002 at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, Oregon

One Beat is the sixth studio album from Sleater-Kinney, originally released on August 20, 2002 by Kill Rock Stars. It was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded between March and April 2002 at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, Oregon. The album peaked at number 107 in the United States on the Billboard 200 and entered theBillboard Top Independent Albums at number five. This reissue is newly-remastered.

Having consolidated their strengths with All Hands on the Bad One, Sleater-Kinney revived the ambition of The Hot Rock on their sixth album, One Beat. John Goodmanson gives the group its cleanest-sounding production to date, which brings out all the new trappings in the ever more sophisticated arrangements. “Step Aside” boasts trumpet and sax, “The Remainder” a string section, several tracks are colored with delightfully weird vintage synths (the sort favored by Brian Eno or Pere Ubu), and there’s even a theremin on “Funeral Song.” (Trivia: The playful “Prisstina” also features the first male vocals ever on a Sleater-Kinney album, courtesy of Hedwig & the Angry Inch mastermind Stephen Trask.) Lyrically, One Beat is haunted by September 11; “Faraway” and the cry of dissent “Combat Rock” are some of the strongest statements on the tragedy any artist has yet released, and the backdrop lends a new urgency to Corin Tucker’s pleas for a better world for her new son, not to mention the personal catharsis of “O2.” All of this makes One Beat a much more effective stab at maturity than the often-difficult The Hot Rock. 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. The album does have its minor drawbacks — Carrie Brownstein’s vocals can be a bit precious at times, and the pointed 9/11 observations make the occasional feminist sloganeering sound like nothing the group hasn’t done better elsewhere. All of which is to say that if you’ve never understood the cultish adoration surrounding Sleater-Kinney, One Beat isn’t likely to change your mind. But if you’re already on board with their idiosyncrasies, One Beat is another triumph from a band that seems to produce them with startling regularity. -Steve Huey

1 One Beat 03:08
2 Far Away 03:45
3 Oh! 03:56
4 The Remainder 03:36
5 Light Rail Coyote 03:09
6 Step Aside 03:44
7 Combat Rock 04:47
8 O2 03:30
9 Funeral Song 02:47
10 Prisstina 03:31
11 Hollywood Ending 03:19
12 Sympathy 04:16

Carrie Brownstein – guitar, vocals
Corin Tucker – vocals, guitar
Janet Weiss – drums, percussion, vocals

Stephen Trask – background vocals, synthesiser
Steve Fisk – keyboards
Sam Coomes – theremin
John Goodmanson – EBow guitar
Mike Wayland – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Russ Scott – trumpet
Jen Charowhas – violin
Brent Arnold – cello