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Path Of Wellness

Sleater-Kinney

Path Of Wellness

Tenth album from the Olympia, Washington all-girl punk trio is the first they've self-produced

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
Mom + Pop
UK Release date
11/06/2021
US Release date
11/06/2021
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Self-produced during the pandemic, the album captures the feel of two minds bouncing off each other
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    A songwriting bond once defined by their differences has given way to a seamless understanding
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  3. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker sound rejuvenated on an LP that’s full of welcome surprises
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A deep, powerful and satisfying album. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Combining the uncontaminated brawn of 2004's The Woods with the hip indie sensibilities of their early LPs, Sleater-Kinney have finally relieved their all-encompassing crowd-pleaser with the sonically pleasing Path of Wellness
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  6. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The songwriting on Path Of Wellness emphasizes eclectic, improvisational compositions over tight three-minute anthems
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  7. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    This is an album made by adults still concerned greatly with not just the plight of the world at large but also their own internal lives
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  8. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker reckon with protests, pandemic dread and '70s rock influences on their 10th album
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  9. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    The highs are high, and the lows are never that low. Sleater-Kinney are an act that deserves respect and attention but understand that enjoying this album is not an exact indicator of what your feelings towards a good portion of their discography may be
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  10. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker stay on the safer side for most of their 10th album
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  11. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    This record truly feels like Sleater-Kinney has taken stock of the last year, and perhaps a few before it, and shone a light on these emotional and social issues and through their songs maybe found some healing
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    At its peak ‘Path Of Wellness’ is a riot, one that underlines Sleater-Kinney’s hallowed status while providing a continual challenge to the idea of them as a ‘legacy’ artist
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  13. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    On their first self-produced record and first in over 25 years without drummer Janet Weiss, Sleater-Kinney find pleasant comfort and not much else with down-the-middle rock tunes
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  14. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Pared down to the Weiss-less duo of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, the once-great Sleater-Kinney’s newest (which keeps the synths and polish) doesn’t quite constitute a U-turn, and their quest for new adventure doesn’t sound entirely realized
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  15. 6.0 |   NME

    The band's first album since drummer Janet Weiss' departure draws on the gloom of their turn-of-the-millennium sound, but can be a little on-the-nose
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The band’s first album as a duo gets back to glowering-rock fundamentals – but does it chime with the mood of the times?
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  17. 5.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s not bad music per se, but lacking Weiss’ sharp drumming and the virtuoso guitar work the two are so good at, there’s not much left of what made Sleater-Kinney exciting
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  18. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but it feels like there’s a certain amount of nuance missing here, a lack of self-editorial rigour
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