The Raincoats – Odyshape
Question: Who says women can rock without sucking?
Answer: People who listen to Sleater-Kinney.
Wrong. Women who rock almost always suck. Yes, even Sleater-Kinney sucks. The Raincoats, on the other hand, never sucked. Their eponymous debut album from 1979 is heralded as highly as a post-punk album could be — the 1994 reissue on Rough Trade featured liner notes by Kurt Cobain. It’s got an awesome cover of “Lola,” and a mixture of punk, folk, and lo-fi garage that has won the hearts of many. Of course, always the contrarian, I prefer the group’s second album, Odyshape. It’s a slightly more difficult listen, but I think it is a much more accomplished album. Considering it came out so quickly after the self-titled album, Odyshape is a phenomenal follow-up that displays the girls’ marked growth. The album featured no singles (but I think “Only Loved At Night” has to be one of the best post-punk songs ever recorded). Richard Dudanski from This Heat makes a guest appearance. It’s so of-another-world, and so fucked up, it is a must-own album.
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