- Released: May 24, 2005
- Label: Sub Pop
Rolling Stone - No. 975, p.704 stars out of 5
- "[M]ore than any previous Sleater-Kinney record, THE WOODS reflects the classic-rock undercurrent that runs through the punk heroines' live shows..."
Spin - p.60Ranked #35
in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Classic-rock-dude swagger reclaimed with feminine confidence, marked by a Pacific Northwest stamp that entwines rock'n'roll history with manifest destiny."
Entertainment Weekly - p.143Ranked #7
in Entertainment Weekly's 'Top Ten Records of the Year' -- "[T]hey're remaking classic rock while holding on to their integrity -- and their witchy-woman shrieks."
Entertainment Weekly - No. 821/822, p.135
"[THE WOODS] is their hardest and heaviest, yet most varied, album..." - Grade: A-
Magnet - p.52Ranked #1
in Magnet's "The 20 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[A] resurrection, the sound of an old band playing like a young band, turning the amps up too loud, missing notes and sounding pissed."
CMJ - No. 912, p.8
"[B]rims with feedback, oceans of cymbals and fuzz, sweet fuzz..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.60Ranked #12
in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[T]his was strong stuff, fiercely political, utterly brilliant."
Paste (magazine) - "The trio delights in creating songs just to tear them down and rebuild them again in a different way, giving the album a dissonant, experimental edge."
- 1.The Fox
- 3.What's Mine Is Yours
- 5.Modern Girl
- 8.Steep Air
- 9.Let's Call It Love
- 10.Night Light
Sleater-Kinney: Corin Tucker (drums); Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein.
Personnel: Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar); Janet Weiss (drums, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Dave Fridmann.
Recording information: Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY (11/2004-12/2004).
Photographer: John Clark .
The remarkable ONE BEAT seemed to be the culmination of Sleater-Kinney's transformation from three-minute-song riot grrls to post-punk artisans, as the WA trio delivered gloriously wandering, lop-sided compositions reminiscent of the Fall, adorned by thoughtful, willfully obtuse lyrics. However, THE WOODS proves its predecessor to be merely another step, with Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Corin Tucker mixing indie rock, punk, arena rock, folk, and even progressive rock into a potent concoction.
Helmed by revered producer Dave Fridmann, THE WOODS opens with "The Fox," a hard-driving, distorted, and sinisterly fun story about forest creatures. The song is as unpredictable as anything that follows; the early S-K punk of "Wilderness" gives way to the barroom rock of "What's Mine Is Yours," which, in turn, steps aside for the art-pop of "Jumpers" and the fuzzy folk of "Modern Girl." The album culminates in "Let's Call It Love," an 11-minute jam that's equal parts Iggy Pop, Fugazi, and Heart. Once again Sleater-Kinney has upped its own musical ante, making THE WOODS an amazingly captivating album.