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On their 2004 self-titled debut, Lesbians on Ecstasy retooled songs by iconic female musicians--k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, the Runaways--into underground electrothrash club joints. A great idea, but the execution didn't always keep up with the ambitions. Since then, the Montreal quartet has matured into a kick-ass live act, and that accumulated skill at getting audiences fired up gives their sophomore outing a significant jolt in quality. This time the Lezzies delve deeper into the annals of history, mashing folk and protest song traditions together with their pummeling beats; lyrically, "Sisters in the Struggle" and "Iris Practically Freedom" might have been pulled straight off an old Alix Dobkin or Ferron LP.

There are a couple of misfires, like the potty-mouthed tirade "Party Time (a womyn's luv)," but overall, the album is right up there with the best of Chumbawamba and Le Tigre. Political music you can shake your ass as well as your fist to? Now, that's subversive.
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Author:Reighley, Kurt B.
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Apr 24, 2007
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