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Monday, November 22, 2010

Corin Tucker Band - 1,000 Years

Corin Tucker Band – 1,000 Years (KRS)

The shrieking axe strangler (I mean that in a good way) from
Sleater-Kinney emerges from the band’s indefinite hiatus with
her first solo record. Corin Tucker, the quintessence of Riot Grrrl,
is now a grown Riot Wmmmn. Yes, that means she’s toned it down, a little.

If mid-period Sleater-Kinney was Tucker as the Nineties/Noughties
embodiment of post-punk, as latter day Patti Smith circa Radio Ethiopia,
think of 1,000 Years as Tucker’s Dream of Life. The songs are concise,
even catchy. Tucker’s band is lean and muscular, and she keeps her wail
in check, aiming for something more intimate and smoldering.
Mission accomplished.

Tucker’s left of center pop adds a lot by taking a little away. And when
she unleashes the beast, as she does on “Riley” and “Doubt” it’s still
(and all the more) powerful.

Reverberating: 8.1

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