Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities to Love’ (Sub Pop)
When your favorite band reunites after an extended break, there’s always a moment of trepidation. Will they be able to live up to perhaps unrealistic expectations? Or will the reunion turn out to have been done for the sole purpose of coasting on previous laurels?
Fans of Sleater-Kinney can breathe a sigh of relief. The acclaimed Portland-based alternative-rock band released its last album (“The Woods”) a decade ago, then went on a self-described “hiatus” in 2006. But the invigorating blast of the new album makes it seem like no time has passed at all.
That’s apparent from the very first track, “Price Tag,” an attack on consumerism, with the kind of full-throated roars from singer/guitarist Corin Tucker in the chorus that send a tingle up the spine.
Sleater-Kinney was always a power trio in the best sense of the word, and its strength is undiminished: the taut, weaving guitar lines of Tucker and fellow guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein; Brownstein’s own fierce, staccato vocals; and the relentless drumming prowess of Janet Weiss make them a force to be reckoned with.
The only disappointment for some will be the album’s brevity (it clocks in at a concise 33 minutes). With any luck, there will be more.
Other new releases
The Decemberists, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” (Capitol)
Strange Wilds, “7” ”(Sub Pop)
Joey Bada$$, “B4. DA.$$” (Cinematic Music/Pro Era)