Corin Tucker Band
Kill My Blues - KILL ROCK STARS
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Marty Sartini Garner on September 21, 2012
Over punchy guitar lines that approximate (if not resuscitate) her old band, the former Sleater-Kinney leader opens with awakened-giant fury, reanimating her passion in “Groundhog Day.” “Almost equal / Almost good enough / Almost had a woman going to the White House,” she sings, before holding the iron to those almosts. Tucker and her band beat up their notes; staccato piano taps against a stuttering drum beat in the title track, while “Neskowin” skips and kicks at half-speed. After a brief flirtation with acoustic guitars on 2010’s 1,000 Years, it’s refreshing to hear Tucker kick out the jams, and it’s downright thirst-quenching to hear her once again stretching and belting her voice against any note dumb enough to dare her otherwise. When she puts that voice in the service of songs about motherhood and feminist progress, as she frequently does here, it’s enough to shake anyone’s blood awake.