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|1.||"The Center Won't Hold" (3:05)|
|2.||"Hurry On Home" (2:47)|
|3.||"Reach Out" (3:27)|
|4.||"Can I Go On" (3:33)|
|3.||"Bad Dance" (2:43)|
|4.||"The Future Is Here" (3:01)|
|5.||"The Dog/The Body" (4:17)|
Socio-political commentary abounds Sleater-Kinney's latest. The title references Yeats' "The Second Coming", and while the catalyst for this call for help isn't clear we are so desperately lost as a civilisation, bound by the chains of what Adam Curtis calls oh dear-ism, the specific sickness is irrelevant. Our symptoms are universal. This is clearest on "Can I Go On". In contrast to the aforementioned, with its furious guitars and anguished vocals, it's a poppier, almost-80s affair. Yet it discusses exhausted, wired-in people, questioning if we are worth saving. Perhaps "Love" will help? A jerking, proto-electro infused effort that charts (presumably) the band's early years touring in a van. When things made sense. But nostalgia isn't salvation, especially when the distorted vocals and scuzzy riffs of "Bad Dance" tell us to get down before it's all over. Hope lost in a deliciously textured, provocative record.
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