Tuesday, January 14, 2014

14 Reviews for 2014: #11, The Corin Tucker Band - Kill My Blues (2012)

We're picking back up today after a couple of days down due to a stomach bug.  Good times!

This is the second offering from Corin Tucker post-Sleater-Kinney.  Unlike Carrie Brownstein's high profile acting career (as co-star of "Portlaandia"), NPR blog, or supergroup affiliation with Wild Flag, Tucker has been more under the radar with her project, playfully named ala The Marshall Tucker Band.  (And she is all in on this -- she named her oldest child Marshall.  True story.)

Her first album, 1,000 Years, was one I reviewed for The Whiskey Dregs, and was a Sell-back 1.  I was not expecting much more from offering #2.

Fortunately, I was wrong.  This is a solid, solid rock album, and feels a lot more comfortable in its own skin than 1,000 Years ever did.

The Corin Tucker Band - "Neskowin"

On Kill My Blues, Tucker showcases her other-worldly voice and gets strong musical support from her bandmates.  Is it a little too consistent (i.e., "same-y")?  Maybe.  But I'll take the consistency over the hit or miss, the more mature approach that is never forced and still interesting musically.  In the Brownstein/Tucker split, I figured to be fully in the Brownstein camp, but it's surprisingly Tucker who has created the best post-S-K album yet.  Give credit where credit is due.

CD Placement rating:  Portable CD Case.

- Snilch

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