The Corin Tucker Band – 1,000 Years [Album Review]

by Woody on October 7, 2010

Good for Corin Tucker. She could have easily released an album that sounded just like Sleater-Kinney and most people, including myself, would have wet their pants in excitement. But Corin chose to branch out and work with a new sonic palette. That’s not to say that 1,000 Years is a salsa or hip-hop album. Corin still stands at the forefront, but maybe time as a stay-at-home mom has altered her perception of life (I know I am changed forever when my wife leaves town for a weekend). This quote sums the album up nicely: “Thats the artistic, itchy personality,” Tucker says. “Youre constantly trying to do something different.”

The songs touch on common daily subjects and the struggle of sometimes, well, just being. “Half A World Away,” a song that could be celebrated by a number of spouses in my neighborhood, is about having your partner gone for long stretches at a time for careers. “I just want to say how much I love my husband. . . there are moments when Im raising two kids when hes gone and Im just trying cope.”

The lead track, “Doubt,” is a tune where you hear Tucker’s trademark S-K vocals and its nice to know she can still belt it out. My four year old girl riot grrrl, Rosie, thrashed around to this one. “Dragon,” which I gather is a song she put together for the Twilight film, works in some cello, which combined with her vocals, reminds me of the Nirvana Unplugged set. Then “Thrift Store Coats” takes a look at the struggles that many Americans have found themselves in.

There are points in this album where you’ll find yourself wanting Tucker to unleash her trademark vocals from Sleater-Kinney, but upon many subsequent listens, you’ll miss them less and less. And then you realize that you are listening to one of the best albums of the year.

The Corin Tucker Band – Doubt

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