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.