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Rolling Stone (11/16/95, p.113) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Even when he gets preachy, KRS remains listenable because he always pushes the edge that thrives on change. He manages to stay ahead of the deadly competition without sacrificing the elements of his character that made him a legend in the first place..."The Source (10/95, p.97) - 4 Mics - Slammin' - "...the best elements from his past albums are...pumped up with new life and made FRESH for '95, you suckers!....[KRS-One] is ready to go skills for skills, toe to toe, in a battle for worldwide rap supremacy..."Melody Maker (10/28/95, p.38) - Bloody Essential - "...buy this album NOW: for the beats which boom as good as any you'll hear, for the lyrics that cut harder than sharpened planets, for the fact that hip hop's most articulate son has delivered the Enola-payload he always threatened and the size of it...is f***ing fearsome."73.2005

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Alternative Press (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hen she and bandmates Sara Lund and Seth Lorinczi kick into distorted overdrive on searing tracks like 'Pulling Pieces' and 'Doubt,' it only makes Tucker's return more welcome."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Tucker has returned replacing the short, sharp shocks of her former band with a relatively languorous sound."16.21019

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (9/5/02, pp.69-70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their most ambitious album...Their riotous manifesto remains the same, but their musical dialect has expanded to include blues, soul and even traces of pristine Led Zepplin-era metal..."Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (9/5/02, pp.69-70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their most ambitious album...Their riotous manifesto remains the same, but their musical dialect has expanded to include blues, soul and even traces of pristine Led Zepplin-era metal..."Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #12 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Their post-9/11 record, their postpartum record, and their sharpest statement yet."Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #12 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Their post-9/11 record, their postpartum record, and their sharpest statement yet."Q (10/02, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Sometimes an attitude, a thumping beat and an A-plus scream like the one Carrie Brownstein provides here are really all that's needed."Q (10/02, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Sometimes an attitude, a thumping beat and an A-plus scream like the one Carrie Brownstein provides here are really all that's needed."Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #58 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.104) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...music of angles and intensity and art-inflected fury...fiercely bright, socially and emotionally engaged, justifiably righteous in places..."Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #58 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.104) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...music of angles and intensity and art-inflected fury...fiercely bright, socially and emotionally engaged, justifiably righteous in places..."The Wire (9/02, p.63) - "...On ONE BEAT the trio confidently attempt a more complex take on the world....In places they come over like latterday Ronettes crossed with Shellac informed by the wisdom of Billie Holiday..."The Wire (9/02, p.63) - "...On ONE BEAT the trio confidently attempt a more complex take on the world....In places they come over like latterday Ronettes crossed with Shellac informed by the wisdom of Billie Holiday..."CMJ (12/30/02, p.10) - Ranked #6 on CMJ's "Top 10 of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (9/02, p.108) - "...one of the great rock 'n' roll bands...these thirtysomethings have set themselves on shaping the future."Mojo (Publisher) (9/02, p.108) - "...one of the great rock 'n' roll bands...these thirtysomethings have set themselves on shaping the future."NME (Magazine) (8/17/02, p.32) - 7 out of 10 - "...In between the domestic, the commercial and the worldly, Sleater-Kinney keep it wild."NME (Magazine) (8/17/02, p.32) - 7 out of 10 - "...In between the domestic, the commercial and the worldly, Sleater-Kinney keep it wild."9.047441

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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: AQ (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."9.040391

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Spin (p.84) - "[T]hey're back to mindless fun, and with new drummer Westin Glass, they've resurrected the savage, speed-strummed fervor that once made Kill Rock Stars matter."Alternative Press (p.110) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "'I Called Out Your Name' could be an early Beatles single if it weren't for the distortion....It's a perfect little pop song."Billboard (p.30) - "[With] the nearly perfect 'When We Were Alive' -- probably the best 1:45 of speeding, sadly nostalgic fuzz-punk so far this year."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.54) - "[T]heirs is a sound that manages to combine clever college rock with the kind of songwriting skills that cannot be learned from the pages of a book."Blender (Magazine) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On their fourth record, the tempos are slower, the guitars thick and meaty, the rants kinda melodic, the thoughts impressionistic."Paste (magazine) (p.59) - "NOW WE CAN SEE feels both like a nod to America's past grievances and its potentially bright future. The Thermals have never shied from topics like war, politics and religion..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]he Thermals' Hutch Harris has always been able to ponder life's big questions without being ponderous....He takes advantage of a newfound musical maturing, buffing his fuzzy riffs into polished power-pop..."9.034797

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Rolling Stone (6/8/00, p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Fueled by Janet Weiss' tricky drum work and Corin Tucker's unholy warble, guitar riffs akimbo....[they] think louder and rock smarter tahn anyone in their class..."Spin (6/00, p.149) - 8 out of 10 - "...Sleater rock....the sheer-stockinged grooviness of the sound, and those outlandish vocal sneers, obliterate any impulse to be grim...Records like these have become the most satisfying way out there to lose your head without having to grit your teeth..."Q (6/00, p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[With] a sound which is akin to The B-52s meeting Sonic Youth...[they] have finally gone overground, with a potent mix of harmonies, staccato guitar and muscular drumming....an assured effort."Magnet (6-7/00, p.93) - "...It's S-K's most articulate, accomplished record, where inventive, giddy garage tunes...crash into the punk rock, and softer songs seamlessly merge into the turbulent traffic of [their] evolving signature sound..."CMJ (5/1/00, p.3) - "...A collection of extrogen rock that picks up exactly where 1999's THE HOT ROCK left off, weaving nervous, urgent energy with infectious melodies. It's a total package of brains, beauty and brawn."Melody Maker (5/16/00, p.47) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...[They] are still as impassioned and ennobling as ever....The guitars are still frantic, the words as challenging and oblique as ever....[They] are still one of the few bands that can invest rock'n'roll with any meaning..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.96) - "...With simple beats and a lyrical bent that takes in everything from ladymen to male models, ALL HANDS is mostly playful...with a touch of pathos...but not a bad [song] in sight."NME (Magazine) (5/13/00, p.33) - 8 out of 10 - "...It's a punk rock band having the time of their lives. It's victory through joy and cranked-up amps...[It's] rock'n'roll fun; its urgent rhythms and stealthy tunes laying glittery tripwire around the enemy camp..."9.029305

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Magnet (p.100) - "[With] a balanced mix of sweaty garage and the twisting atmospherics of transistor radio, autoharp, gong, Moog, Rhodes, saxophone, Hammond, electronics and turntable."The Wire (p.68) - "[A]n experience somewhere between the Stax Soul Review and Sun Ra's Arkestra, with the liberal addition of rock 'n' roll guitars at every opportunity."9.001103

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Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Brace Paine's dirty guitar lines grind in the Olympia, Washington tradition....A righteous life-affirming ride."Entertainment Weekly (p.p.84) - "What remains is a bare-bones backbeat, a few menacing guitar riffs, and Ditto's cracked, crackling dynamism." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- Singer Beth Ditto's huge, bluesy holler is inevitably the focal point but, as the lean neo-disco of 'Listen Up!' and the irresistibly simmering 'Dark Lines' prove, The Gossip are very much an ensemble."Magnet (p.99) - "The Gossip's third full-length balances restraint and abandon in a near-perfect ritual tease."CMJ (p.4) - "[T]his is Gossip's most musically diverse album, with soulful showstoppers and sweaty, jazzy bluesbreakers."Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Gossip have finally hewn their rough 'n' tumble rock 'n' roll band into a group that can hold its own on the dancefloor."9.001103

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No Depression (p.120) - "[U]nobtrusive semi-acoustic college rock and banjo-flavored Americana memorable primarily as the sound of a talented Montana kid seeking his true voice..."8.999634

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CMJ (4/3/00, pp.28-9) - "...A theatrical musical experience....entrances the listener with a pounding dual-bass charge....challenging....delivering blood-stained slices of life from the darkest alleys and dimmest bars..."8.999544

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Uncut (9/03, p.123) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...This generous two-disc collection brilliantly captures the band's brief moment in the sun..."8.998373

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Melody Maker (5/14/94, p.31) - Recommended - "...The music? Corin plays guitar, Tracy drums - and that's it....The minimal approach is a strength, not a weakness..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.127) - "...CALCULATED is the ferocious successor of the original Riot Grrl anthem, Lesley Gore's 'You Don't Own Me'..."8.998087

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Uncut (2/03, p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...With a super-spare production and an emphasis on subliminally infectious tunes possessed of a childlike-simplicity..."8.998087

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Magnet (10/02, pp.85-6) - "...CASTAWAYS is a fresh concoction of charming, artful music. Dig in..."CMJ (5/12/03, p.9) - "...A vividly imaginative and beautifully orchestrated collection of folk songs..."8.998087

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The Wire (p.55) - "[W]ith these 12 tracks blasted out in barely 30 minutes, and their restless shifting grooves and political preoccupations, the group most strongly evoked is Minutemen."CMJ (p.5) - "Erase Errata is most convincing when they really go tribal, as they do on 'Wasteland (In A)..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A fevered hurricane of no-wave dissonance, post-punk groove and feral improvisation."8.998087

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CMJ (p.49) - "[A] newfound fondness for psycho drones gives Aliccia Berg and crew's fourth album a soothing haze."8.998087

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Magnet (6-7/03, p.89) - "...Deerhoof conjures up a neat, bubbly sound from its demolition derby of influence....Matsuzaki's little-kid vocals cruise the Japanese-pop highway, while fuzzy guitar lashes, wacky drum patterns, and horn sections hop out of the bushes and straight into the ride..."Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, pp.98-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[With] Satomi Matsuzaki's clipped enunciation and fractured syntax....There's also plenty of blood and breath moving through these songs..."8.998087

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Spin (p.100) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Nguyen's inviting folk pop has some of Jolie Holland's woozy swagger, a pinch of Beth Orton's genteel grace, and endless reserves of energy."Uncut (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er music has a lightness of touch....Songs that are beguiling and occasionally unsettling."CMJ - "[I]ntriguing, distinct and deft throughout."Q (Magazine) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Her band is endlessly upbeat, and while deadpan is her default mode, she also has buckets of charm."Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] witty and defiant riposte to all life's frustrations, with lilting banjo and the summery, sweet pop of her band The Get Down Stay Down zestfully scoring her wry rues."Clash (magazine) (p.107) - "[P]acked with an eccentric, life-embracing sense of wonder. Never veering from what Thao does best -- luscious folk-pop doused in surreal lyrical weaves..."The Word (magazine) (p.103) - "11 perfectly realised folk-pop confections....Thao's complex but chirpy songs skilfully negotiate life's jagged edges in a refreshingly bright and positive manner..."8.998087

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Spin (pp.114-116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The vocals can still dilate your pupils, but her melodies deseve equal attention, as Stern bids to become one of the few finger-tappers who's also a songwriter."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Backed by noise-rock drummer supreme Zach Hill, the fleet-fingered autodidact shred and taps through 'Transformer''s concentric riffage..."Blender (Magazine) (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Her music is exhilarating, enigma-packed and, despite the unceasing noise barrage, winningly sweet."Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.73) - "[T]he overall sound is unmistakably her own. Stern's physical voice takes up more space: the echo effects on 'Shea Stadium' conjure its namesake; 'Ruler''s sighing choruses are buoyed by Stern's worn-in leads."8.998087

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Spin (pp.83-85) - "Her lazily smoky voice has its bitterly harsh moments, but her coolly analytical self-awareness stings the most."Paste (magazine) - "Abetted by Tucker Martine's warm, piquant production, the songs swerve from the buoyant, jangly pop of 'Cool Yourself' to the trembling lament of 'But What of the Strangers'..."Pitchfork (Website) - "KNOW BETTER LEARN FASTER sports a fuller sound with more pop tricks and trickier arrangements that incorporate swirling Philip Glass-y keyboards on 'Burn You Up'..."8.998087

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Uncut (magazine) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]f a light bucolic breeze blows through the title track, then Ringle's hushed vocal tone implies the thaw is some way off yet."8.998087

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Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a brooding undercurrent to their upbeat sound that echoes what darkwave scenesters like The xx are currently doing."8.998087

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Spin (p.86) - "[With] languid chamber-pop piano and falsetto funk-lite grooves."8.998087

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Spin (p.105) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Toth transforms himself, chewing the panoramic scenery like a Dylan-tongued soothsayer..."Entertainment Weekly (p.p.77) - "Their stripped-down country-tinged vibe is often reminiscent of Dylan circa JOHN WESLEY HARDING." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's channeling Dylan at his most feral and prophetic....Words and visions tumble out of Toth with convincing spirit."The Wire (p.65) - "[T]he group's unconcealed repetition gives the music its trance-inducing charm."8.998087

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Alternative Press (4/01, p.74) - 3 out of 5 - "...Fast and furious bursts of classic, old fashioned rock'n'roll speed by with a fierce rawness straight from the punk garage..."Magnet (4-5/01, p.74) - "...14 rounds of punk/blues buckshot....the last word on low-down indie-rock gutter music....But it's all just noise without 'that' voice. Wild with sex and drenched in gospel authority, singer Beth coos, wails and growls with righteousness..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.127) - "...Raw rock'n'roll sex....It's the sound of seducing the preacher's kid, but this time, the fat girl's in charge..."8.998087

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Uncut (p.153) - "[I]t's the overall blend, the looming ghostliness, that impresses."Magnet (9/03, p.96) - "...The whimsy and multicolored narrative threads that represented the best of the Decembrists' terrific first album are given room to breathe..."8.996631

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