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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0002X9NWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

New York City's Le Tigre's collaboration is a deliriously addictive, hybrid sound the band calls "feminist punk electronic music." It's a mix of drum-machine samples, synth hooks, buzzing guitar loops, gang vocals, & foolproof bass-lines. "This Island" is that rare thing: a party record that ventures from driving political rockers to melodic post-punk dance anthems" - Interview.

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The songs are weak and generic.
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There may not be another dance classic as huge as "Deceptacon," but this album has many more gems to offer than their first release.
It is truly indispensable, more so than most recent critic's darlings.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Caudy on January 25, 2005
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.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ham Sammich on January 17, 2005
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nadia555 on September 17, 2005
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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".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lackey on December 6, 2004
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.
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