Upon its release, the album earned widespread acclaim for its visceral intensity as well as the group's passionate vocals, intricate melodies, and provocative, politically charged lyrics. With 1996's Call the Doctor, Sleater-Kinney garnered even greater media exposure and critical applause on the strength of their incisive rants against gender inequity, consumerism, and indie rock's male-dominated hierarchy. Their Kill Rock Stars label debut, Dig Me Out, recorded with new drummer Janet Weiss from Quasi, followed in 1997, and was again among the most acclaimed releases of its season; The Hot Rock appeared two years later, and in the spring of 2000, Sleater-Kinney resurfaced with All Hands on the Bad One.
In August 2002, the group returned with its most musically accomplished record to date, One Beat. Sleater-Kinney upped the ante again with 2005's The Woods, a powerful, inventive album that was released by Sub Pop, produced by Dave Fridmann, and inspired by, among other things, the political climate of the mid-2000s and the freedom of the improvised parts of their gigs supporting Pearl Jam on a 2003 tour. During the summer of 2006, though, the group announced they were going on an "indefinite hiatus" after finishing the remaining dates on their tour. Brownstein went on to create the Spells with Mary Timony, and Corin Tucker launched a solo career in 2010. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi