Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

15. Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love
(Sub Pop)

In 2006, Sleater-Kinney went on indefinite hiatus. As one of the few remaining flag bearers of the '90s Riot Grrrl movement, their farewell was significant not only because of the feminist wave they represented at the time, but because their ground-shaking rock flair filled a space that, years later, still felt empty. In 2015, we are fortunate enough to have myriad bands that exemplify a wide range of female perspectives, but there is still only one Sleater-Kinney.

No Cities To Love is a return to form for Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, who have all kept busy in the interim with other bands. Here, though, the tried and true dynamics of the three are immediately palpable: the barbed riffs, the breakneck drums and the stunning vocal trade-offs communicate an urgency that can be felt throughout every political and personal battle Sleater-Kinney fight in these songs. They're wild and weary, but they never gave in, and as a result, they're still one of best rock bands today.
Melody Lau