Feminist Sweepstakes

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Feminist Sweepstakes
Studio album by Le Tigre
Released October 16, 2001
Genre Dance-punk, indietronica, riot grrrl
Length 40:58
Label Mr. Lady
Le Tigre chronology
Le Tigre
(1999)
Feminist Sweepstakes
(2001)
This Island
(2004)

Feminist Sweepstakes is the second studio album by American dance-punk band Le Tigre. It was released on October 16, 2001 by record label Mr. Lady.

Music[edit]

Feminist Sweepstakes is the Le Tigre's first album to feature JD Samson as a member of the band. She had previously worked with the band as a roadie and the operator of Benning's slide show during live performances in support of their first record.

Release[edit]

Feminist Sweepstakes was released on October 16, 2001.

Another version of the album was released on August 24, 2004 with a bonus multimedia track, a different version of "Well, Well, Well" featuring Vaginal Davis.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club mixed[3]
Robert Christgau A–[4]
Entertainment Weekly A–[5]
Mojo 4.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.6/10[7]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Spin 4/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

Feminist Sweepstakes has been generally well-received by critics, and currently holds an approval rating of 78/100 on review aggregator website Metacritic.[1]

Mojo reviewer called it "Protest music that doesn't protest too much – a music with such a joy and wit to its outrage that it acquires a universality beyond its subject matter."[6] Uncut called it "The catchiest lesson in sexual politics you're likely to hear this season".[11] Alternative Press wrote "This is still some of the most original, passionate and listenable music of the year".[12]

Slightly less favourable was Allison Fields of Pitchfork, who wrote "Feminist Sweepstakes wants to be a terrifically fun album, yet with no deviation from the ceaseless politics and endless drum machine beats, things go stale."[7] Andy Battaglia of The A.V. Club wrote "Hanna is a crafty writer who can give song lyrics the weight of a master's thesis, but she often sounds tired and resigned this time out" and that the album "suggests a band less inspired by its own purpose."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "LT Tour Theme" – 2:47
  2. "Shred A" – 2:46
  3. "Fake French" – 2:53
  4. "FYR" – 3:15
  5. "On Guard" – 3:30
  6. "Much Finer" – 2:33
  7. "Dyke March 2001" – 4:37
  8. "Tres Bien" – 3:08
  9. "Well, Well, Well" – 4:19
  10. "TGIF" – 3:18
  11. "My Art" – 2:01
  12. "Cry for Everything Bad That's Ever Happened" – 2:41
  13. "Keep on Livin'" – 3:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Billboard Top Independent Albums 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Feminist Sweepstakes by Le Tigre – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "Feminist Sweepstakes – Le Tigre | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Battaglia, Andy (2001). "Le Tigre | Feminist Sweepstakes". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on December 11, 2001. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: Album: Le Tigre: Feminist Sweepstakes". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Schinder, Scott (October 15, 2001). "Feminist Sweepstakes Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Mojo: 98. November 2001.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ a b Fields, Allison (November 5, 2001). "Le Tigre: Feminist Sweepstakes | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Q (184): 140.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (October 25, 2001). "RollingStone.com: Recordings: Le Tigre, Feminist Sweepstakes, 3 Stars". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 11, 2001. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ Spin: 132. November 2001.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ a b Uncut: 111. December 2001.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ January 2002. Alternative Press: 95.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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