on 27 April 2002
It might not seem the highest of praise to say that an album makes the listener think 'I could do that' but you get the feeling Julie Ruin (aka Riot Grrl Extraordinaire Kathleen Hanna) would be proud of the fact that her album gives people the urge to grab a drum machine and create their own DIY electro punk.
However, you also get the feeling that while very few could do it with quite the same flair, humour and originality, fewer still would take the opportunity to chant sweetly about injustice. And still make it damn catchy.
on 7 November 2011
This record is the bridge between Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna working to create an alter-ego that stood apart from Bikini Kill. To me at least, this worked perfectly, there's a good mix of agressive punk sounds and quieter moments that fit together as a sequence really well. That's not to say the songs don't stand out on their own though. From 'Radical or Pro-Parental' and 'V.G.I' through to 'My Morning Is Summer', there's a variety of different styles and tones available here. A great record from an incredible artist.