When Sleater-Kinney joined forces with St. Vincent to create their sleek, heavily stylized The Center Won't Hold, feathers were promptly ruffled throughout the indie rock world. Longtime fans expressed their disappointment in the band's new direction, longtime drummer Janet Weiss departed the band in response, and the album proved to be significantly less popular than 2015's No Cities to Love (according to Billboard charts and streaming services).
Sleater-Kinney's second act has proved to be a chapter of fulfillment. Long regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of their generation, the trio's 2014 reformation brought rapturous reviews for the following year's excellent full length 'No Cities To Love'. 2019's St. Vincent helmed 'The Center Won't Hold' however, served to split fans - and the band themselves.