YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I really doubt it
LINEUP: Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, Lora Macfarlane
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Short, quick debut album from the premier feminist rock band of the past 20 years.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Listening to “The Day I Went Away”, you have the blueprint for the best of Sleater-Kinney. Carrie Brownstein’s lower voice complementing Corin Tucker’s urgent howl, while their guitars combine to create riffs and chords that set a definite tone of urgency.
Tucker’s voice dominates, as she’s the sole lead on six tracks. Her at-times-unhinged-but-powerful voice makes tracks like “A Real Man” even more on point. Tucker also can carry a melody, which makes her leaps and her tremolo even more jarring and effective.
Tucker and Brownstein were already veterans of the Riot-Grrrl scene in Olympia, but this record transcended that, giving a sense of power and purpose that leapt over that movement’s limited reach.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded this in Australia in a day. Macfarlane, their drummer, was from Australia.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: It’s short, and powerful. A feminist album for the millennials.