This is not the Kinks. As evident in the artwork, Sleater-Kinney's third record, 'Dig Me Out', takes its influence less from the raucous underbelly of punk rock and more from the traditions of rock 'n' roll. That said, it's still what you'd call punk rock: full of the same fury and lyrical bite, but with "woah oh oh!"s and pop hooks.
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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 20th January 2015
“Dig Me Out” opens with the title track, which is reminiscent of Sonic Youth until Corin Tucker’s highly recognisable vocals come in. The desperate screams of “Dig me out” on the chorus have you on the edge of your seat. This album was the first to feature current drummer, Janet Weiss who was also one half of Quasi and later went on to play with Stephen Malkmus in The Jicks. It may be due to Weiss’s introduction that the band sound tighter on this. Once again, there’s less evidence of the Riot Grrrl about the music. Their sound was developing here. The guitar interplay was joined by more intertwined vocal work between Tucker and Carrie Brownstein too which was to become a signature of the band. “One More Hour” was one of the two singles released from the album and is a great example of how the girl’s vocal interplay works. High energy tracks like “Turn It On” and especially “Not What You Want” are two of the best on show here. This album is widely regarded as their best, but I’d say it’s on a par with its predecessor, “Call the Doctor”.
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