1,000 Years

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1,000 Years
Studio album by The Corin Tucker Band
Released October 5, 2010
Recorded Little Golden Book Studio, Portland, OR, early 2010
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 40:50
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Seth Lorinczi
The Corin Tucker Band chronology
1,000 Years
(2010)
Kill My Blues
(2012)
Singles from 1,000 Years
  1. "Doubt"
    Released: September 7, 2010

1,000 Years is the first solo album by The Corin Tucker Band, released on October 5, 2010, and the first album Tucker released since Sleater-Kinney went on "hiatus" in 2006. She recorded the album along with Seth Lorinczi and Julianna Bright of both Golden Bears and Circus Lupus, as well as Sara Lund of Hungry Ghost and Unwound. Lorinzci was also the album's producer. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom noted that the album was stylistically more muted than her work with Sleater-Kinney. As of August 2012, the album has sold about 8,000 copies and peaked at #9 on the Top Heatseekers Chart.

Background and recording[edit]

Tucker told The Portland Mercury that she was recording the album in April 2010, and said it was "definitely more of a middle-aged mom record, in a way. It's not a record that a young person would write."[1] The origins of these songs lie in material Tucker wrote for live performances in early 2009 in Portland, after which many people encouraged her to make her own album.[2] Tucker said that she wanted to create something both quiet and powerful in the making of this album.[2] Tucker feels that Seth Lorinczi lent the album many of its creative ideas, and has stated, "He brought so many amazing ideas to the songs, it was an entirely new foray." Some of the album's tracks were written initially for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack.[3] The songs in question include closer "Miles Away".[4]

Production[edit]

Some critics described Seth Lorinczi's production on 1,000 Years as lo-fi, with Slant noting a lack of refinement in the production, especially on "Doubt" and "Dragon".[5] Tucker, in an interview with The Aquarian Weekly, wrote that Lorinzci's approach to production was to "make each song complete sonically," adding that, in her new project, she was trying to build on her past role as a member of Sleater-Kinney.[6]

Composition[edit]

Music[edit]

Tucker said that her influences for this album included The Lion and the Cobra, as well as The Slits, The Raincoats, and The English Beat.[1] She also named Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde and Sinead O’Connor as influences in an interview with PopMatters.[7] The music of 1,000 Years lacks the same shrieking choruses characteristic of Tucker's work with Sleater-Kinney. However, she occasionally returns to the full force of her "banshee" voice for which she was previously well-known, for example on "Riley".[4]

1,000 Years has been compared, both favorably and unfavorably, to Tucker’s work with Sleater-Kinney, with the general conclusion being that the album’s style differs significantly from that of Sleater-Kinney. For example, Pitchfork Media wrote that “fans jonesing for a Sleater-Kinney fix will be disappointed.”[4] Rolling Stone and Drowned in Sound noted the increased usage of piano and cello, among other instruments, on this album as opposed to in Sleater-Kinney's music. DiS singled out the organ on ‘Handed Love’ as well as the military rhythm of 'Half a World Away' as an example of this.

Lyrics[edit]

It has been noted that Tucker's marriage seems to have influenced the album's lyrics, in particular those of "Half a World Away" and "It's Always Summer." [4] Regarding the album's lyrics, Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times wrote that they discuss the process of coming to recognize changes in one's reality and surroundings.[8]

Tour[edit]

Tucker toured on both U.S. coasts to support the 1,000 Years album, in addition to dates in other parts of the country. Additionally, on May 3, 2011, Corin opened for M. Ward at the Crystal Ballroom, in Portland, Oregon.[9] In a Kill Rock Stars press release, Tucker stated that she was no longer able to tour for as long as she once could, and that "We’re definitely playing shows, but it’s more like a week here, a week there."[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
Cokemachineglow 8/10 stars[11]
Robert Christgau (A)[12]
NME 8/10 stars[13]
No Ripcord 8/10 stars[14]
The AV Club (B)[15]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[16]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
Drowned In Sound 8/10 stars[18]

The album received mostly positive reviews; on Metacritic its weighted average is 76 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[19] The most positive review was from Robert Christgau, who gave it an A and called it "A deep, pained, sober, subtle album". In addition to giving the album an A, Christgau ranked 1,000 Years as the 11th best album of 2010 in his year-end list.[20] This contrasted starkly with the most negative review, a C+ from EW's Whitney Pastorek, who said that, on the album,

Corin Tucker's voice — always so uniquely emotive in the punkier contexts of S-K — looms uncomfortably over songs that sound scrapbooked from other '90s-centric acts (Liz Phair, Pavement) but never take on a form of their own.

With regard to the album's only single "Doubt," Adam Kivel of Consequence of Sound praised the song on the basis that Tucker's characteristic "howl" made a return on the track.[21] Similarly, Thom Gibbs of Drowned in Sound praised the song because it features Tucker in more familiar vocal form.[18] Kivel also noted that the song was stripped down and lacked the same wild energy as Sleater-Kinney's music. Kivel also compared the sound of "Thrift Store Coats" to that of the Fiery Furnaces, and described "Dragon" as "dramatic" while noting that it was dominated by cello.[21]

Track listing[edit]

  1. 1,000 Years – 3:47
  2. Half a World Away – 3:02
  3. It's Always Summer – 3:37
  4. Handed Love – 3:17
  5. Doubt – 3:23
  6. Dragon – 3:56
  7. Riley – 3:14
  8. Pulling Pieces – 4:28
  9. Thrift Store Coats – 2:52
  10. Big Goodbye – 4:46
  11. Miles Away – 4:34

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Top Heatseekers 9
Top Independent Albums 49[10]

Personnel[edit]

  • Julianna Bright – vocals
  • Douglas Jenkins – cello
  • Corin Tucker – composer, guitar (acoustic), guitar (electric), main personnel, primary artist, vocals
  • Seth Lorinczi – bass, engineer, guitar (acoustic), guitar (electric), keyboards, main personnel, producer, string arrangements
  • Sara Lund – drums, percussion
  • Kate O'Brien-Clarke – violin
  • Sung Kim – artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lannamann, Ned (April 8, 2010). "Words and Guitar". Portland Mercury. Index Newspapers. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Borolla, Caroline. "1,000 Years KRS Press Release". Kill Rock Stars Website. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Eanet, Lindsay (July 13, 2010). "The Corin Tucker Band's album gets a title, tracklist". Pastemagazine.com. Paste (magazine). Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Raber, Rebecca (October 8, 2010). "1,000 Years Review". Pitchfork.com. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years
  6. ^ http://www.theaquarian.com/2010/10/20/interview-with-corin-tucker-band-to-debut-in-1000-years/
  7. ^ Schumer, Ben (January 26, 2011). "Ballad of a Working Mom: An Interview with Corin Tucker". PopMatters. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Powers, Ann (October 5, 2010). "Album review: The Corin Tucker Band's '1,000 Years'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Corin Tucker Band". Punknews.org. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Phares, Heather (October 5, 2010). "1,000 Years Review". Allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (3 December 2010). "The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years". Cokemachineglow. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Robert Christgau review
  13. ^ NME Album Review: The Corin Tucker Band
  14. ^ Music Reviews: 1,000 Years
  15. ^ The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years
  16. ^ 1,000 Years Review
  17. ^ Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years
  18. ^ a b DIS 1,000 Years Review
  19. ^ "1,000 Years". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 14, 2011). "The Dean's List: Christgau's Best of 2010". Barnes and Noble. Barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  21. ^ a b Kivel, Adam (October 12, 2010). "Album Review: The Corin Tucker Band 1,000 Years". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

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