Feminist Sweepstakes

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Feminist Sweepstakes
Feminist Sweepstakes.jpg
Studio album by Le Tigre
Released October 16, 2001
Genre Dance-punk, indietronica, riot grrrl
Length 40:58
Label Mr. Lady
Le Tigre chronology
From the Desk of Mr. Lady
(2001)From the Desk of Mr. Lady2001
Feminist Sweepstakes
(2001)
This Island
(2004)This Island2004

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. Retrieved January 11, 2015. [dead link]
  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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