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Album Review

The debut effort from Le Tigre sounds like the best new wave album not to come from the 1980s. Here, frontwoman Kathleen Hanna expands on the lo-fi sounds she tinkered with on her debut solo album, Julie Ruin. Le Tigre melds punk, new wave, and hip-hop into a seemingly cute package. Each song is hummable, and Hanna's "valley girl intelligentsia" voice is perfectly deceptive. In "Deceptacon," a song loaded with the kind of simple contradictions that made Kurt Cobain's lyrics so effective, Hanna sings, "Let me hear you depoliticize my rhyme." "What's Yr Take on Cassavetes" is the best song about an auteur since King Missile's "Martin Scorsese." "My My Metrocard" and "Les and Ray," two of the best songs on the album, display a welcome sort of contradiction: both songs seem to be about escape and exploration ("Think I'll go a little/but then I go far"), but the catchy hooks of these tunes are inescapable. With Bikini Kill, Hanna's politics were as subtle as the Empire State Building. But with Le Tigre, as with the great Tom Tom Club song "Genius of Love," the listener is left not only humming and dancing, but exploring the wealth of reference material hidden within its confines.

Customer Reviews

Quite, quite

Yeah good

Intelligent and vibrant

Obviously like many people the first song that i ever heard before buying this album, was deceptacon. I mUst of been in a club, or maybe it was at this art exhibition... or whatever..The point is, 'deceptacon' is just the beginning. A brilliant song it is. But don't be gloomed, this is not one of those 'one track' albums. There are a stream full of gems waiting to be discovered. The whole album surprises you. Each song exhibiting a distinct tone. WHich is important. This is truly a satisfying listen. One of the finest albums of 99' Buy it, you won't be disappointed. I'm in love with it.

Biography

Formed: 1999

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally conceived as the live backing band for her Julie Ruin solo project, Bikini Kill founder and quintessential riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna formed Le Tigre, another bold, feminist-oriented trio, with filmmaker Sadie Benning and zine creator Johanna Fateman in 1998. Borrowing a page from Hanna's Julie Ruin output, Le Tigre mixed punk's directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics. The group also added multimedia and performance art elements to their live shows,...
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