The Hot Rock (album)


The Hot Rock (album)
The Hot Rock
Studio album by Sleater-Kinney
Released February 23, 1999
Recorded July 1998
Genre Indie rock
Length 41:40
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Roger Moutenot
Sleater-Kinney chronology
Dig Me Out
(1997)
The Hot Rock
(1999)
All Hands on the Bad One
(2000)

The Hot Rock is the fourth album by the American indie rock band Sleater-Kinney. It was released on February 23, 1999, on Kill Rock Stars.[1]

The album marks a considerable change in the band's sound, veering into a more singer/songwriter direction closer to indie rock than the punk rock style of its predecessors. As Rolling Stone put it, Sleater-Kinney "delved into more oblique sounds... Brownstein's abandoned power chords to slither in abstract patterns, backed by Weiss' increasingly subtle and complex drumming [and] Tucker expanded her vocal range steering from bellow to fragile ululations...."[2] The album's sound and lyrics were heavily influenced by the music of The Go-Betweens[3]

"Get Up" was released as a 7" single (Kill Rock Stars, KRS337) one month before the album, on January 22, 1999. The vinyl single's B-side features "By The Time You're Twenty Five", while the CD single includes a third song, "Tapping". These two songs were not included in The Hot Rock CD.[1] A music video - the band's first - was made for "Get Up" under the direction of writer and performance artist Miranda July.[4]

The cover is a photo shot looking south down Broadway Avenue in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
A.V. Club (Favourable)[6]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[7]
NME (8/10)[8]
Robert Christgau (A)[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Village Voice (Favourable)[11]
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Track listing

All songs written by Sleater-Kinney.

  1. "Start Together" - 2:38
  2. "Hot Rock" - 3:17
  3. "The End of You" - 3:20
  4. "Burn, Don't Freeze" - 3:19
  5. "God Is a Number" - 3:44
  6. "Banned from the End of the World" - 2:09
  7. "Don't Talk Like" - 3:04
  8. "Get Up" - 3:46
  9. "One Song for You" - 2:49
  10. "The Size of Our Love" - 3:12
  11. "Living in Exile" - 2:31
  12. "Memorize Your Lines" - 3:10
  13. "A Quarter to Three" - 4:03

Personnel

References

  1. ^ a b "Sleater-Kinney". Kill Rock Stars. http://killrockstars.com/artists/viewartist.php?id=488. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The new Rolling Stone album guide. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 743. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. http://books.google.com/books?id=t9eocwUfoSoC&lpg=PA743&ots=BhQkti_OZ8&dq=album%20review%20sleater-kinney%20dig%20me%20out%20rolling%20stone&pg=PA743#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  3. ^ http://www.npr.org/blogs/monitormix/2008/11/head_full_of_steam.html
  4. ^ Nelson, Chris (1999-02-17). "Sleater-Kinney Join Fans For First-Ever Video". VH1.com. http://vmu.vh1.com/news/articles/512197/19990217/index.jhtml. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  5. ^ Huey, Steve. The Hot Rock (album) at Allmusic. Retrieved 27 Dec 2005.
  6. ^ Thompson, Stephen (February 23, 1999). "The Hot Rock". A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/content/node/12889. Retrieved 4 Jan 2007. 
  7. ^ Hermes, Will (Feb 19, 1999). "The Hot Rock Review". Entertainment Weekly (472-473). http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,63906,00.html. Retrieved 4 Jan 2007. 
  8. ^ "NME Reviews The Hot Rock". NME. January 18, 1999. http://www.nme.com/reviews/sleater-kinney/673. Retrieved 5 Jan 2007. 
  9. ^ "Sleater-Kinney: Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=1264&name=Sleater-Kinney. Retrieved 4 Jan 2007. 
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (February 9, 1999). "Sleater-Kinney: The Hot Rock > Album Review". Rolling Stone (807). Archived from the original on 23 Oct 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071023022648/http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/sleaterkinney/albums/album/195666/review/5945751/the_hot_rock. Retrieved 4 Jan 2007. 
  11. ^ Sherr, Sara (February 23, 1999). "Hearts of Glass". Village Voice. http://www.villagevoice.com/music/9908,sherr,4120,22.html. Retrieved 4 Jan 2007. 



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