Magazine article The New Yorker

Quieter Storm

Magazine article The New Yorker

Quieter Storm

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As the front woman for the rock band Sleater-Kinney, Corin Tucker had one of the best instruments in rock and roll, and she had it in her throat. Her singing was straightforward and controlled, often pretty, until she shifted into a startling vibrato. The effect was exhilarating and a little terrifying, like a jet had flown into the room.

Those soaring, intense vocals aren't as present on "1000 Years" (Kill Rock Stars), Tucker's solo debut. The disbanding of Sleater-Kinney, four years ago, was prompted in part by Tucker's desire to focus on her family--she married the filmmaker Lance Bangs in 2000, and they have two young children. The album addresses this conflict directly, mixing love songs about her husband and family with ruminations about the proper place in rock and roll for a thirty-seven-year-old wife and mother. It is, for the most part, highly compelling material, intelligent, deeply felt, and consistently likable. The other members, the multi-instrumentalist Seth Lorinczi (of the Golden Bears and Circus Lupus) and the drummer Sara Lund (of Unwound and Hungry Ghost), may not have the same propulsive energy as Tucker's Sleater-Kinney bandmates, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss--who does? …

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