The reformed Sleater-Kinney, captured live in concert in 2015. Live In Paris is a punchy and fierce document of a great live band, as any attendees of recent shows can attest. CD, cassette tape and multiple vinyl editions are available, packaged in a pleasingly old-school photo-collage sleeve. On Sub Pop.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 24 January 2017
Let’s skip the usual “live albums, huh?” pleasantries and assume they’re fairly pointless cash grabs that can at best be argued away as proof of a band’s rock chops. Sleater-Kinney essentially have one because they made a wonderful comeback on ‘No More Cities To Love’, their best record to date, and now need a reason for people to be talking about them again. It has been a year or two, after all, so here’s a recording of them being celebrated by an understandably eager crowd in that capital city across the sea.
Hearing ‘em live is making me jealous for not seeing it too: the riffs hit the same sweet spot they did on record, with the new cuts being played with an exciting freshness that suggests the heart the band poured into them. Between them they litter some of their best oldies from ‘Dig Me Out’ and 'Call the Doctor', along with the weirder cuts from ‘The Woods’ and ‘One Beat’ -- two records that proved their experimental versatility before their break-up. “Oh!”, in particular, is the same breathless and suffocating listen it is in studio.
They’re as good a trio on stage as they are on record and the only real difference is that they sound a little rawer -- never looser, but less refined. The energy rolls through the set like they’re playing through one straight record of material -- and that’s exactly how it should be. All is well. Let's hope they release another record proper.
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