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La Fontainelle

4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern
  • ASIN: B000024GE5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released in 1992, this is probably the Babes best recording to date. 3 girls meet raw guitars and banshee-like screeching in true riot grrl fashion. Stand-out tracks include Bruise Violet (wrote about Courtney Love; former member of the lead singer's old band), Bluebell, Blood, Won't Tell, Spun and Mother. Kat Bjelland (now lead singer of 'Katastrophic' wife) has such a great voice; 1 minute all sweet and innocent, 1 minute raw as you like - the whole time kicking ass. Combine this with bass, guitar and drums and you have another fine example ot bitch-rock stubbing out it's fag on anyone who tries to keep them down.
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This album kicks of with the almost thrashy "Bruise Violet" And finishes dramatically with gone which is Kat and her guitar and a couple of breaking bottles making alot of noise. The stand out for me is Handsome and Gretal. Which is allegedly about Courtney Love .It features Kat singing out of control and laughing like a maniac. This album may not be the best from the grunge period (Thanks to nevermind) but it sure is one of the angriest!
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Solid noisy and thrashy punkrock. Nothing to artsy, just solid music. Recommended!
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Wrongly lumped into the 'Riot Grrrl' category because they are women who shout and play abrasive music, this is Babes in Toyland's best work, for me. Not femenist - women get a tough break in guitar bands (although, like, OMG, one song may have been about Courtney Love...or it might not.) Difficult at first but ultimately rewarding (a lot like some of Sonic Youth's brilliantly non commercial stuff), this album is a must for anyone that likes Nirvana or anyone surrounding them. Or, more broadly, Siouxsie, Polly Styrene etc. Listen to this stuff and hear the echoes through most 90s American guitar music. Most admirably, they didn't care about other people's opinions. Which makes my 'review' a tad ironic. I do like this album a lot though and I think you will too. Otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this.
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HASH(0x9ca6fc84) out of 5 stars Yes, Women Really Can Rock 13 May 2000
By Chris Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the strangest things about the Lilith Fair, which advertised itself as "A Celebration of Women in Rock", was that there was no real rock represented. Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls? What's missing from that equation? Rock. The fact that it was so hyped is just as troubling because it reinforces the uneducated mainstream opinion there is no real rock music being made by women today. That conclusion would be grossly inacurate. Some of the best rock of the 90s was made by PJ Harvey, The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Hole (until that "Celebrity Skin" fiasco) and Babes in Toyland.
Babes in Toyland is one of the best of the groups I just mentioned and "Fontanelle", their first full length album shows them in all their power. The three piece musical arrangements are decidedly primitive that's one of the things that makes Babes in Toyland so compelling, especially when combined with Kat Bjelland's ferocious vocals. No one, man or woman, can do the things vocally that Kat Bjelland can. She has the remarkable ability to scream at the listener non-stop over the near-forty minutes of this album, but in such a way that is undeniably pleasurable to listen to. There is one chilling moment on "Mother" the thirteenth song on the album when she goes from a full throated growl to a sharp, sustained scream in a single breath. That is what I call singing.
The lyrics are easy to miss here, thanks to Kat's vocal style and the grittiness of the music but they hold up well against the rest of the albums principle components. They are bitter, angry and intense, if not terribly poetic. They justify the sonic brutality of the album and make perfect sense. The rage here is real and believable. Babes in Toyland rock like no other women on the planet.
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HASH(0x9ca6fcd8) out of 5 stars Buy this CD and to hell with the rest! 8 Aug. 2004
By Brutal Honesty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't give away 5 stars lightly so you'll have to trust me when I recommend this album. If you are a fan of Hole, punk rock, female rock or if you're desperate to find music that is top shelf quality, then this is your album. Every song on here is excellent, and you simply don't get that kind of quality anymore, with a few exceptions, like maybe Interpol. Babes in Toyland were CHICKS WITH BALLS! Excellent for bitter mornings, rage filled evenings or upbeat afternoons, "Fontanelle" makes you want to go out and dye your hair blue or something. After listening to this record, you'll want to smack Ashlee Simpson and Hillary Duff across the face and force feed them canned beans. I want to shout it from the rooftops this album is so amazing.
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HASH(0x9ca7112c) out of 5 stars You want a bloody nose wid' dat? 26 Jun. 2011
By J. L. Waters - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply put, if you're into straight-ahead punk rock, this album will knock your socks off. If your idea of punk rock is Blink 182, don't bother. There are no goofy radio ballads here. In intensity and listenability, Fontanelle is somewhere between The Distillers 'Coral Fang' and Hole's 'Live Through This'. Good soundtrack for a fast drive through a war zone - a corporate dinner party? Not so much. Why else would it be named after the soft spot in a baby's skull?
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HASH(0x9ca71114) out of 5 stars Old school grunge and rage 15 Jun. 2014
By Lewis Woolston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite being male I have always loved bands that loosely fit under the riot girl genre. I find this music so real and raw which makes a nice change from all that processed factory pop in the top 40 charts.
I became interested in this band from being a fan of Hole, apparently Courtney Love had played with them briefly back in the day. I decided to give this album a go and i'm glad I did. There is real rage and rawness in this music. The sound of a damaged woman screaming out her anger and hurt to power chords and distortion. The stand out tracks are "bruise violet" "Handsome + Gretel" and "Won't tell" but the whole album is worth your time.
If you like Hole or any of the old school Seattle grunge from the 90's then you will probably like this.
HASH(0x9ca714e0) out of 5 stars One of Babes in Toyland's Best 30 May 2013
By Jean L. Coltrain - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is probably one of Babes in Toyland's best. Everything they've ever made in my opinion is great, but nearly every song on Fontanelle is so good. Some songs on the album are better than others, but none of them are "bad". If you like this, you should try everything Babes in Toyland has made---I don't think I've ever heard a bad song by this band.
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