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The 1996 Second Album.
I define punk so that it includes the Replacements and Nirvana and Sleater-Kinney and any other short-fast guitar unit that gives me a thrill. These gals-and-guy are less broad-minded. So here's a '70s punk album as classic as, say, Green Day's--more so if, like these gals-and-guy, you think those guys-and-more-guys are way too broad themselves. The first album got over on spirit. Here Kathleen Hanna's vocals and Bill Karren's guitar add definition, confidence, (let's bite the bullet and call it) technical skill. Also, right, tunes. Plus I always listen up when they get to the slow one about a dead boy genius. --Robert Christgau
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Whether or not such efforts succeeded, Hanna has succeeded at not being a revivalist and this is some proof: the models for the band's sound are not actually evident, as the influences for the direction of the musical movement were autochtonic rather than mediatized -- the '97 Bikini Kill listener would be thinking of Bratmobile and Sleater-Kinney, rather than Pamela Des Barres or Joan Jett and the Runaways. Has the music stood up well? Yes, and this is a testament to the less-than-total standardization of the American cultural present -- there are really many people who remember this period fondly, and if it's not quite the right attitude for the present feel that this reflects rather badly on the present (no sentiments were harmed in its production). An absolute must-exist, a truly worthwhile purchase.
I dare not say they have "matured", because their previous statements were powerful and become more true everytime you listen to them. The roar of Pussy Whipped, the prevalescence of DIY and the screech of guitars in CD Version, the stylish Singles, are milestones in the history of punk rock.
The sound of Reject All American is different from any of BKs other work. The breathtaking surfer vibe, the catchy hooks and unfogettable lines Kathleen throws at you. Bikini Kill delivers everything from compelling and tuneful slower numbers (R.I.P, For Only, False Start, Tony Randall), to our beloved fast loud fun political little pieces (Statement of Vindication, Capri Pants, No Backrub--- BEEN PROGRAMMED TO SELF DESTRUCT, Bloody Ice Cream, Finale). There's pop songs like Jet Ski and Reject All American... this album wont' wear out!
Maybe it isn't the "girls with the bad reputation" at their rawest, but they sure as hell are gonna "make you pay" anyways. Tobi's and Kathleen's vocals are as mind blowing as ever, the songwriting is every time more brilliant! only word I can find to describe it.
If you are honestly gonna judge this according to its "poppiness", you lose. Bikini Kill win. They can't lose, they're the real princesses.
My favorite tracks are Statement of Vindication, R.I.P, Jet Ski, No Backrub, Bloody Ice Cream, Distinct Complicity, and Capri Pants
Perhaps the best moment is the song 'Bloody Ice Cream'. The last part of it is so smooth and clear, it epitomizes the zines and friendships I've shared. They can play fast and not go into hardcore predictable cliche. They can play slow and not be boring. To put it in other words, this is the album I've been waiting for.
The only shame is that I believe Bikini Kill were never fully recognized for all they had. But I'd like to think they wanted it that way; that we were part of a secret club of holding hands and making really great music. Buy this album, thank me later. ;D
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