No Cities to Love is the latest album by the all girl rock band Sleater-Kinney. Released earlier this year after a ten year hiatus from the band, No Cities to Love proves that Sleater-Kinney is just as fresh and unique as they were when they came onto the scene in 1994.
What struck me about this album is the pure rawness about it. It’s totally unique, new, fresh. You can tell that they all went into the studio and just rocked out, without a second thought or care about what anyone else would think about it. There’s something about this that reminds you of a garage band or a rock band that’s just starting out. It actually sort of reminds me of Cleveland Native band, The Generators – just something about the melodies and the vocals. In addition, I was really impressed with how well the album flowed. From one song to the next, your attention never really faded and you were locked in from first note to the last.
“No Cities to Love,” the title track of this album, has to be one of my favorite songs off of the album. The lyrics, the melody, and the overall feel of the song just makes you want to get up and sing along. Not that “No Cities to Love” was the only song to give me that feeling. The other stand out songs to me were “Bury Our Friends” and “Fade.” Though the feeling of needing to just stand up and jam out never really leaves the album.
Overall, No Cities to Love is an amazing album that seriously impressed me. It was unique, fresh, while still bringing in new flavors and mixtures that haven’t really been heard before. It’s definitely a nice change of pace.
Album Rating: 4.7/5
Image Cred: Sleater-Kinney album No Cities to Love, Sub Pop 2015