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Feminist Sweepstakes is the second Le Tigre album, and Kathleen Hanna's most direct political statement yet. Irascible femme-punk firebrand Kathleen Hanna has never been the sort to take a seat on the ideological fence, but pretty much her entire recorded canon wilts like a shrinking violet in the face of Feminist Sweepstakes. Dedicated to "the ladies and the fags", Feminist Sweepstakes--released on the label of kindred electro-pop spirits Chicks On Speed--lays out its manifesto with a righteous zeal: these 13 tracks cover everything from the death of feminism ("FYR") and take-back-the-power lesbian militancy ("Dyke March 2001") to gender politics on the dancefloor ("LT Tour Theme") and the drudgery of wage slavery when "your boss is an asshole" ("TGIF"). But where, in Bikini Kill, Hanna dealt primarily in screechy punk-rock, Le Tigre mine a seam that tethers distorted vocals and treble-heavy guitars to the clatter of beatboxes and electronic loops. Sadly, there's nothing here to contend with the ballsy dancefloor pop rush of "Hot Topic", Le Tigre's flagship tune from the trio's eponymous 2000 debut. Still, it's refreshing that it's still all right for grrrls to get angry: in a world of half-arsed plagiarists and apathetic musical journeymen, Le Tigre are the rare band that really matter. --Louis Pattison
Le Tigre's 2nd full-length delivers rollerskate jams, sampler punk and political dance tracks you've come to expect from the trio. And it ups the ante for electro-conceptual, feminist pop music. Le Tigre features Kathleen Hanna (formerly of Bikini Kill, Julie Ruin, The Fakes & Suture), Johanna Fateman (writer behind the zines 'Artaud-Mania!' and 'My Need To Speak on the Subject of Jackson Pollock') and new member J.D. Samson. 2001 Mr. Lady records.
Top Customer Reviews
This mission is to survey/comment on the status of late 20th century politics impact on historically marginalized groups and advocate for an alternate reality where discrimination does not exist, and is replaced by a world where awesome culture and politics exist beside one another.
The empowering lyrics and pop-rock beats provide an interesting change from my usual audio regimine of rock-punk tunes. This is the "dance grooves" albun for grrrls who have little in common with tradditional titles in the aforementioned genere. I'm not usually one for dance/techno music myself, but I will make a very big exception for this album.
Although the album has been faulted for being too political and ailenating--even compared to their earlier releases, these criticisms overlook that the indepdendent non-major label status of Le Tigre means they do not have to provide what may be considered "safe". This frees the band to address what they and fans know cannot be adequately covered or even covered on traditional cds.
This freedom is a blessing for long-time fans such as myself because Feminist Sweepstakes is their most pointed effort yet. The twelve tunes are a terrific sountrack to revolution for existing fans, or a great introductory set for people who would be fans if they only had to listen to one album produced by the trio.
As evidenced by the top form throughout the albums, political is what/who Le Tigre really is. Kathleen Hanna, former front singer for Bikini Kill, continues to belt out what can best be considered women's studies texts formulated into musical CD's.
My particular faviortes are "LT Tour Theme", "FYR" and "Keep on Livin" , but encourage everybody to try every track and see which personally sticks with them.
Most recent customer reviews
I got feminist sweepstakes 3 months ago, and it is STILL in my diskman! in general i prefer more hardcore crust music like rudimentary peni, crass,and Sub-Humans, but this is one... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by DIANE ISSER
Le Tigre is one of my all time favorite bands... and this CD did not disappoint me in the least. They have such an awesome sound and this cd makes me so proud to be a girl... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003
I love Kathleen Hanna. I bought all of Bikini Kill, then Julie Ruin, then the first Le Tigre. Now this! This album has so much feminism packed in its about to explode. Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by Lindsey
This album is awesome!! Highly recommended. Le Tigre has taken the "riot girl" movement above and beyond. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003
I love this album. I pop in this cd and dance with my dog. I have been thoroughly enlightened. It has kick [butt] beats that do not tire, with samplings of 'found noises' and... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by dancingwithmyshadow
Feminist Sweepstakes is a cd to put in the player when you just need some encouragement. Is your boss driving you mad? Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by Alison F. Randall
Le tigre is a close relative of Chicks on speed, but a little less artsy and more palatable to the average listener. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by Jeremy Eagles
Some chicks will listen to Tori Amos & Sarah McLachlan or some other menstrual rock when they're bummed. They will wallow in their feminine depressions. Read morePublished on May 22 2002
LeTigre's Feminist Sweepstakes was an awesome edition to my CD collection. They take new sounds and make them interesting. Read morePublished on April 16 2002 by ariel