Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Single review: Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers (Sub Pop)

Yet another song about the problem of sweater shrinkage? Thankfully not, though Sleater-Kinney’s new single initially seems to be about traffic jam stress. However, it quickly turns into a more poetic and dark creature than such mundanities might suggest, as we realise the song's protagonist is considering the merits of jumping off the Golden Gate bridge. Not one to stick on at a wedding reception then, unless the sight of the bride running out with mascara-stained cheeks fills your ugly heart with leaping joy. The lyrical feast comes with side orders of off-the-beat staccato guitars, banging drums and stark vocals, giving the whole thing a quality both lo-fi and epic. Urgent, intense and bleak – but much more fun than that sounds.

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