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The Mountain Goats, Opinions on Sleater-Kinney & The Regrettes

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Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold

After a four year hiatus, Sleater-Kinney is back with a new sound and a shake-up to their lineup. The Center Won't Hold, produced by St. Vincent, delves into "industrial noise" and even "cheesy '80s synth-pop" sounds according to Jim. A number of the tracks, like "Can I Go On," are set to a drum machine, leaving“not much”for drummer Janet Weiss to do, according to Jim. He and Greg wonder if that's what she meant when she cited the band's“new direction”as a reason for her recent departure. Either way, Greg“is scratching his head at what is going on here,”and agrees that Weiss is underutilized on this album. He also misses the“triangle”or collaborative tension between the bandmates that caused a“push and pull between”the voices of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein. He notes that these songs are simply either“Carrie”songs or“Corin”songs. Overall, they both think that The Center Won't Hold is disappointing.

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