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on 11 January 2001
The first four albums from Portland's trio saw them coming on by leaps and bounds, so much so that this, their fifth album, is their masterpiece. The feminist theme still runs through the album, spiced with a dry humour on songs such as "Milkshake 'n' Honey"which does them much credit. Corin Tucker's howl is more powerful than ever and blends perfectly with Carrie Brownstein's softer harmonies, with the twin guitar counterpoint adding to the overall effect. Janet Weiss's drumming is spot-on as ever (hello Alan Leach of Shed 7) creating the perfect framework on which to balance the melodies. Ballad Of A Ladyman is a well-crafted rant about the pressures to sell out, while single You're No Rock'n'Roll Fun is the most pop track on the album. There's even a thinly veiled reference to the publicity surrounding Princess Diana's death.
This is a perfect album - start from here and you'll have to get the rest.