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No Cities To Love

Sleater-Kinney

No Cities To Love

Eighth album and first in 10 years from the Olympia, Washington all-girl punk trio

ADM rating[?]

8.7

Label
Sub Pop
UK Release date
19/01/2015
US Release date
20/01/2015
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Electrifying throughout, Sleater-Kinney bristle with an energy that threatens to drain the grid
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  2. 10.0 |   Mojo

    A work of force and elegance, it shares the ferocious, watchful intelligence and formidable control of their best records. Print edition only

  3. 10.0 |   DIY

    From front to back there’s not an ounce of flab - a perfectly toned muscle that sits out of time in the best possible way
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  4. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sleater-Kinney have detonated their own controlled explosion of sharp riffs and stroppy vocals on this comeback. Against the odds, these punks have improved with age
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  5. 10.0 |   music OMH

    This record plays like a triumphant middle finger salute, coolly showing everyone how its done… and writing the first line on a thousand ‘album of the year’ lists before January’s even out
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  6. 10.0 |   State

    The story isn’t that Sleater-Kinney are back, it’s that Sleater-Kinney are just brilliant
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  7. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    This is crucial, exciting music, with an ear towards melody – as evidenced on album closer Fade – and mature reflection
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  8. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    While some of the album’s sounds might not be especially revolutionary—Sleater-Kinney never really was much for making albums that sounded radically different from its other work—they’re madly solid and compelling all the same
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  9. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The Woods remains Sleater-Kinney’s grandest statement. The trio, however, triumphs in short bursts of joy, rage, and those lesser, in-between emotions. No Cities to Love replaces its predecessor’s sweep with blood, fire, and melody
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  10. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    They’ve boiled their process down to its essentials, and No Cities to Love crams genius lyrics and hook after inescapable hook into just 10 tracks and 33 minutes
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  11. 9.0 |   NME

    Enjoy it for what it is, and if it provides an entry point to discover their other albums, all the better – you’ve got a feast ahead
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  12. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Sleater-Kinney are one of the great rock bands and No Cities To Love is the perfect comeback: a treat for die-hard fans as well, a perfect introduction for newcomers ­– and what a journey that’ll be
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  13. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    It’s simultaneously angry and ecstatic, enjoying every second of every outburst
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  14. 9.0 |   Clash

    It blows its competitors out of the water, over the horizon and maroons them where they belong: absolute irrelevance
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  15. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    To put it simply, Sleater-Kinney have now made eight records, and they are all very, very good. That’s not just a rarity amongst their contemporaries - it’s pretty much unique
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  16. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album. There’s no dead air between it and The Woods, just beautiful, logical forward movement. In short, it’s a Sleater-Kinney fan’s dream come true
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  17. 9.0 |   All Music

    The first and lasting impression of No Cities to Love is one of joy, a joy that emanates from a group who realized the purpose and pleasure of being in a band during their extended absence
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  18. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    And if No Cities to Love is merely proof that the trio still has it in them to make a great album together, it wasn’t needed. We knew
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  19. 9.0 |   Spin

    As usual, Sleater-Kinney's eighth album sounds queasy and wrong on first listen and fluent in rock languages that have barely been decoded yet by the third
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  20. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    No Cities ... is the rare modern record that asks its audience not just to listen, but to find a voice and, maybe, act
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  21. 9.0 |   Earbuddy

    Sleater-Kinney still have plenty on their minds and plenty of venom and rancor to force a rock revival. Wild and unabashed aggression is extremely uncommon in music today
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  22. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    There's not enough space here to get into why Sleater-Kinney may be one of the most important bands of 2015, but one thing is clear: they've already delivered a serious contender for one of the year's best records
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  23. 9.0 |   Art Rocker

    It’s a fabulous game of tension and release they play here – Sleater-Kinney absolutely still have it
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  24. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Clocking in at a mere 32 minutes, the album is conceptually and sonically tight
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  25. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    A disarming, liberationist force befitting the Sleater-Kinney canon
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  26. 8.5 |   The 405

    No Cities To Love certainly sounds urgent and necessary, but there's no way they sound like a band that's just started: they're just too good
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  27. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    It's only January, but the world of music in 2015 will be lit by the fire of No Cities to Love's punk spirit all year long
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  28. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Not only does it meet every one of our over-the-top demands as fans, it serves as a great entry point for those new comers who have yet to be introduced to one of the most important bands of the last quarter century
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  29. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A towering, fists-up record of thundering guitars and soaring hooks
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  30. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    In interviews, Sleater-Kinney have been at pains to point out that their first album in nigh-on a decade is not a “reunion”. It’s certainly not a
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  31. 8.0 |   The Music

    They’ve returned sounding as vital and restlessly creative as ever
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  32. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    While the tightly managed polish and control perhaps doesn't grab the heart in the visceral way of older Sleater-Kinney, an emotional urgency remains on this album, albeit conveyed with greater sophistication
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  33. 8.0 |   The FT

    Unlike with most band reunions, indeed a lot of rock music these days, they sound committed and urgent; as though the race isn’t yet run, it’s all at stake
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  34. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Corin Tucker’s yelp remains a thing of wonder, Brownstein’s lead guitar never takes the easy option and Janet Weiss’s drums anchor all the thrilling unease
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  35. 8.0 |   NOW

    Occasionally the singing is so possessed as to get overbearing, but then everyone comes in shouting and the power of it raises the hair on your arms
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  36. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    They sound as hungry, as unsettled, as restless as any of the rookies on their jock. After a career of breaking the rules, they're back to break a few more
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  37. 8.0 |   Time Out

    Sleater-Kinney have come back golden. Success hasn’t killed them after all – it’s made them stronger
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  38. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Peerless post-punk trio’s incendiary rebirth. Print edition only

  39. 8.0 |   Q

    Sleater-Kinney land like a mind-bomb with a record that deploys age and experience to the righteous spleen of their formative years. Print edition only

  40. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    It's the guitars that consistently attract the most attention here
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  41. 6.0 |   Crack

    The feeling that this album could have been written at any time in the last 20 years is unshakable and unsettling. While most of the album’s ten songs are endlessly listenable, that nagging familiarity is unshakeable
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