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Le Tigre - Le Tigre

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1999-11-08

Le Tigre's self-titled debut is a wonder of postmodern, lo-fi indie rock. Ex-Bikini Kill Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna has toned down the tuneless rage of her former band, and with the assistance of her artsy friends Johanna Fateman and Sadie Benning, has created an album of tuneful rage. Pop songs, no less. Casting a critical eye over the contemporary urban scene they inhabit, Le Tigre is packed with acerbic wit and referential wordplay shouted against a backdrop of guitars, sythesizers, beats, samples and, apparently, anything else to hand in the studios and bedrooms where it was recorded. "What's Yr Take On Cassavetes" starts off with a Shangri-Las-inspired spoken intro, before launching into a shouted debate about the merits of the film director ("Misogynist?/Genius?"); "Hot Topic" namedrops dozens of feminist icons; and "My My Metrocard" attacks the controversial policies of New York City mayor Giuliani ("He's such/A fucking jerk/Shut down/All the strip bars/Workfare/Doesn't work"). A raw, inspired and altogether promising debut. --Robert Burrow

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