When Sleater-Kinney called it quits (or went on hiatus, depending on your stories) in 2006, it was on the heels of their finest moment – a riotous, gargantuan sounding record called The Woods. The band had been making slight alterations to its unique sound for the previous four albums and what turned out to be their swan song became their biggest stylistic leap forward as a band. So now that the member of the band who has been most silent in the ensuing years is releasing her debut solo record, it’s good to hear the same sonic progress being made.

The Corin Tucker Band’s 1,000 Years is a work that revels in the inimitable sound of Tucker’s voice and guitar playing but expands the traditional musical surroundings behind it. Sleater-Kinney built their sound around two guitars and drums and rarely, if ever, expanded on it. That deliberate limitation was part of what made their music invigorating, but for her solo debut, Tucker is joined by multi-instrumentalist Seth Lorinczi who adds keyboards, acoustic guitars and even string arrangements to the jagged and slippery guitar work of Tucker.

For lovers of The Woods there are a lot of good sonic comparisons here. “Handed Love” channels the thick, propulsive sound of that album; “Doubt” grabs a hold of the infinitely catchy rave-ups that have always made albums involving Tucker fun. But the record manages to echo moments even older and a few new ones as well. “Half a World Away” and “Riley” both sound like the thinner, punchy work of One Beat, but it’s the softly fraught “Dragon” and the wistful “Pulling Pieces” that are more unique in Tucker’s catalogue. The latter especially is a beautiful use of her halting guitar work and a song that firmly cements the back half of the album.

1,000 Years
is a revealing and highly enjoyable record. It’s the sound of a consistently great songwriter learning how to work outside the boundaries that defined her work for so long and coming up with something every listener hopes for out of an artist – evolution.  words/ j neas

MP3: The Corin Tucker Band :: Doubt
MP3: The Corin Tucker Band :: Pulling Pieces
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6 Responses to “The Corin Tucker Band :: 1,000 Years”

  1. I’ll also mention, since I didn’t feel it was appropriate for the review itself, that on almost the same day that this record dropped, the new project from Carrie Brownstein was announced. Wild Flag is going to have Brownstein, Janet Weis (both ex-Sleater-Kinney) and Mary Timony (ex-Helium) involved along with Rebecca Cole (ex-Minders). I couldn’t be more excited for all this amazing sounding stuff coming down the line.

  2. I have to wonder if Corin isn’t bummed she was not included in Wild Flag.

  3. Might be like a Wire thing – they feel like they did as much as they could together and it was time to go elsewhere. Of course, no one in the band has ever called their split a split – they always refer to it as a hiatus and have left the door way open for getting back together. If Wild Flag is as good as this record, though, I’m fine with it. Twice the great music.

  4. […] CORIN TUCKER BAND – DOUBT […]

  5. The split was cause Carrie wanted to go all politico with the band’s message and Corin wasn’t buying it.

  6. […] Corin Tucker did when Sleater-Kinney took a still-ongoing break in 2006. Her first solo record, 1,000 Years, came out earlier this fall.  AD talked on the phone with Tucker about how much of a break she […]

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