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This Island [VINYL]

Le Tigre Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (25 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chicks on Speed
  • ASIN: B0004NUKRQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thank god for feminist electro punk... 27 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
I told my self I wouldn't buy this CD, as I have a CD addiction and should really be saving my money, but when I saw This Island I just couldn't walk away, and I went around smiling for the rest of the day, before I'd even listened to it.
This is because Le Tigre are like the coolest band in the world. If you don't know them, and you really should but we can forgive you, Le Tigre describe themselves as a feminist electro punk band, they use sampling, drum machines, guitars, key boards and cool powerful soft and shouty vocals to make great, kind of disco songs. Le Tigre are Kathleen Hanna (from bikini killl and julie ruin- possibly the coolest person ever), Johanna Fateman and J D Samson. The reason I love Le Tigre is that they mix positive feminist politics with fun, enegtic music. This Island is their third fulll length album, a lot of people have said it's not as good as the first two as its too polished and mainstream. It's true that the songs are more produced and there are less obscenities- both pointers that this is Le Tigres first major label realese, but they havn't sacrificed any of their political or musical integrity.
The sound here is less gritty than Feminist Sweepstakes, and maybe a bit less jumpy happy than Le Tigre, its got more sampling and is more 80's discoish, and its really great. Nanny Nanny Boo Boo will telll you everything you need to know about Le Tigre, whilst songs like Tell You Now and Sixteen sound a bit like julie ruin. There is more variety here than on Feminist Sweepstakes in terms of sound, and lyrics have beome more about personal experience.Seconds, which is a bit Bikini Kill, is an anti-Bush ( i think) song which is so fulll of energy you just have to dance, and This Island is so beautiful it almost made me cry.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grow with Le Tigre 26 Jan 2005
By Elizabeth Caudy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Le Tigre's first album with a major label (Universal). As such, it will not sound the same as their previous albums, but this one reflects their desire to reach a larger audience. (And what good activist wouldn't want to do that?) I, like many others, was at first turned off by the more polished sound of this album, but after giving it some time and a second listen, I really dig it. The concept of "electronic feminist punk" is as revolutionary as the ideas Hanna, Fateman, and Samson are expressing, and, I have to admit, that sound is better achieved on this album than on any of their previous, as close as Feminist Sweepstakes, self-titled, and From the Desk of Mr. Lady may be to my heart.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars We waited all this time for this? 17 Jan 2005
By Ham Sammich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Where to start? I've been listening to Le Tigre for several years now and am a fan of Bikini Kill and all the rest. I've always liked Le Tigre's new take on feminist music; atypically sassy but matches intensity with the rest of them. Good stuff.

I don't have a problem with the production like others do. It's slick and that's great. I've never been of the school that seems to decree that simpler is always better. It's high-quality and they were able to push the limits of creativity with all the cash that befell them once they went major label. The low-fi-ness is no longer a crutch for credibility. So in that sense, they probably had to work harder to make a great album.

Unfortunately, that seems to be the real problem here. They seemed to have worked so hard on everything else, they forgot to write good songs. The songs lack soul, which is what I think was Le Tigre's greatest asset. The best of the album is their single, TKO, which is nothing more than a retread of their other anathematic masterpieces on S/T and Feminist Sweepstakes. So they came up with something great, unfortunately, it's the same song they wrote three times before. I first heard JD's little opus live and thought it was slightly annoying, but a groovy tune nonetheless. And again, one of the better songs on This Island is only average compared to the works of art they put out on their two previous full-length albums. I'm So Excited is sort of funny. Reminds my husband and I of when the girls from Saved By the Bell started a group and Jesse was really stressed and on drugs. They sang the same song in the locker room at school and Le Tigre's rendition sounds strikingly similar on the album.

Some of the songs are downright awful. Nanny Nanny Boo Boo sounds like something that a weak, local imitation of Le Tigre would have come up with in 1998. Seriously, that was the best they could come up with? The chorus is reminiscent of the pseudo-feminist crap that we all put up with years ago. And as hard as I try, I just can't wrap my head around Don't Drink Poison. I'm wondering if it's supposed to be "fun" or something. It reads like bad poetry. Further, in principal, I support such a blatantly anti-war message as New Kicks projects, but in practice it just comes off as lazy. They could have come up with so much more new politic (given the current climate) in songwriting than they actually produced here.

In general, the album sounds pretty good but it really lacks intensity and innovation. I'm not ready to give up on them, though. I think they had more money than they knew what to do with and perhaps misdirected it. I hope their next major label effort is generally more focused.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but less "feministic" than their first two albums 17 Sep 2005
By Nadia555 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like most people, I have mixed feelings about This Island. It's basically a fun, glossy record with fantastic beats. While Le Tigre's first two albums were loaded with reference material for young feminists to check out, This Island is mostly devoid of content. This isn't always a bad thing, however, as the silliness replacing the content can be genuinely fun. What we get here is electro-pop, with punk flourishes used more sparingly than on the first two albums.

It feels like a completely different band. Songs like 'On the Verge', 'After Dark' and the witty, catchy, 'Nanny Nanny Boo Boo' are fresh and danceable, but if you've heard the first two albums then you can't help but feel a little wistful, and ask yourself, "What happened to the feminism?" Which isn't to say there aren't political songs here; because there are. Three, to be exact. 'Seconds' is the album's punk song; an indictment on George W. Bush that features some embarrassing, simplistic lyrics, but that doesn't matter too much as you can barely hear them anyway (Kathleen shows off her trademark squeal on this song.) 'New Kicks' uses a punk-rock sample to background some anti-war speeches, but seems to exist mostly for the video. 'Viz' is my favourite song on the album. It's JD's butch lesbian manifesto; about going clubbing, the butch/femme lesbian subculture, sexuality, and liberation. 'TKO' is fun and anthemic, but to the band's own admission the song is about absolutely nothing, and unfortunately that nothingness extends to too many of the songs, threatening to define the album itself. 'Don't Drink Poison' is the album's weakest moment -- a hodge-podge of guitar samples, electro music, and bad rapping about how "chicken caesar grows on trees".

Ofcourse, this album is a million times better than the other trash we're subjected to -- despite a few awkward lyrics, it's essentially smart pop music, which is a rarity these days. However, This Island has the least "heart" of their three full-length albums -- there are no book or cd recommendations/references to be found here, which disappointed me personally and does detract from the Le Tigre experience a little, as this album seems to lack the soul and militant feminism that were Le Tigre's whole schtick in the first place, and what made them special and different.

Le Tigre sound more confident than ever here, and they're definitely one of the better, smarter bands of the electro genre. The problem is, this album doesn't seem like it was meant to last -- it's happy to make you dance right now (and make no mistake, it's got groove in spades) and raise consciousness about Bush, but I'm not sure it will stand the test of time (or if it's even meant to.)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great beats, intelligent production and powerful politics 6 Dec 2004
By Jennifer Lackey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are looking for music that you can mindlessly bob your head to without truly wanting to understand the talent these women have for creating fun, smart beats and even better lyrics with an incredibly important message, this album may not be for you. The music created by Le Tigre is fun and campy, which could easily be mistaken for corny before taking a minute to listen to the lyrics and understand the feeling and importance behind each song. These women are not trying to make mindless songs to pander to the mtv crowd. listen to their music, read their lyrics. They have an amazing talent for conveying the important message about the treatment of women in society without taking themselves too seriously. Strong women with a great sense of humor and incredible musical talent, every Le Tigre album is worth purchasing and listening to over and over.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i wish... 10 Aug 2005
By conney island baby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
wow, I wish there were more bands like these, or at least people like Kathleen, JD and Johanna, who probably led and lead the most interesting lives ever. Their stories are amazing.

I looove this music because of the message it transmits, how they sound different, how they're fiercely original.. I recommend this album along with all the other Le Tigre CDs, Bikini Kill, and riot grrrl punk you can find in this site or any record store.

Amazing.
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