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The Hot Rock [Slipcase]
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  • Sleater-Kinney: Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar); Janet Weiss (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Roger Mutenot (slide guitar); Seth Warren (violin, viola).
  • Recorded at Avast Studio, Seattle, Washington in July 1998.
  • Audio Remasterer: Greg Calbi.
  • Recording information: Avast Studio, Seattle, WA (07/1998).
  • Photographer: Marina Chavez.
  • With 1997's DIG ME OUT, Sleater-Kinney were about as mainstream-popular as decidedly dissonant indie-rock girls could be. As the archetypal riot-grrrl collective, the trio found themselves emblazoned on the cover of all the requisite magazines and in practically every fashionable up-and-comer's list. Which begged the eternal question of the follow-up, and how to make one. Luckily, Sleater-Kinney's appeal lies primarily in its iconoclasm, and with THE HOT ROCK it retained its indie credibility on the Kill Rock Stars label, while becoming even more raw and experimental.
  • While the album features undeniably catchy ditties such as the title track and the singalong "Get Up," it also includes darker, more intricate cuts such as "God Is a Number," and "Banned From the End of the World." Though definitely not a calculated effort to woo the world opened up to them by their unexpected popularity, THE HOT ROCK remains a refreshingly rocking album.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 15 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...A diamond of a pop-rock record..."

Rolling Stone (3/4/99, p.88) - 3 1/2 Stars (out of 5) - "...the overall mood and tempo are downbeat, with heavy aura of New Wave Eurogloom....As THE HOT ROCK proves, these birlliant punk pranksters can end up anywhere they like..."

Spin (p.95) - "Wherein both the Beatles and the Stones of riot grrrl temper their breakneck aggression with something knottier, artier, more emotionally fraught..."

Entertainment Weekly (2/19-2/26/99, p.134) - "...Carrie Brownstein's Morse-code guitar is brighter and more piercing than ever, and Corin Tucker's ululating, straining-the-leash wail continues to scorch ears and level buildings...It's Sleater-Kinney's most finely turned record....the music never falters..." - Rating: A

Q (5/99, p.114) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...jagged melodies, jerky rhythms, crisp rolling drumbeats and skeetering guitar lines are their musical calling cards....the bulk of these songs steam in at a regulation three and a half minutes of short, sharp punchy blasts of melody and agression."
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