Post Bikini, Kathleen Hanna has been faulted for not sounding like BK, and while I can certainly emphathize with those people who want their favirote artist to sound a certain way, I also understand the artist's need for independence.
For independent artists, independence is not a trend or an option, but a principled stand.In fact, given the reality that this is true "alternative music" (as opposed to the MTV manufactured image) it is completely within LT's right to conceptualize an album how they ultimatley see fit.
Although the album is radically different from Le Tigre's first effort, I think of this as a challenge to fans, rather than a negative mark. Committed fans will recognize the depths provided by musical experimentation enhances the listening pleasure and makes for a more diverse CD.
Because feminism is still constructed as a movement for privlleged white women, it is important that the commentary on Diallo was included in this reccord. The interconnected nature of sexism and racisim require a multifacted response.
People who cannot open their minds to different perspectives on feminist/grrrl rock are just as counterproductive as the the chauvinist pig who leers at and molests girls in the mosh pit. Both individuals will only listen to their fellow being provided they meet a narrowly constructed interpretation of how they should or should not act.
I can't wait for the third album