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Bratmobile: Ladies, Women and GirlsLadies, Women and Girls (2000)
Lookout Records

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I really wanted to like this album. Bratmobile, in part, are responsible for creating a veritable revolution in the punk scene. And what was this revolution called? Riot grrl. Along with DC based Bikini Kill, Bratmobile helped create a national touring network and a zine distribution network which .
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I really wanted to like this album. Bratmobile, in part, are responsible for creating a veritable revolution in the punk scene. And what was this revolution called? Riot grrl. Along with DC based Bikini Kill, Bratmobile helped create a national touring network and a zine distribution network which showcased feminist bands and literature. Because of Bratmobile's efforts, sexism in the scene was somewhat reduced, and as a result, girls were actually able to see and participate in concerts. Or so I hear. I was around nine during Bratmobile's heyday and, a boy. But, I can listen to the music now, and it is, quite simply, boring.

While Bratmobile have matured as musicians since previous releases, much of their reckless rock n' roll charm is lost. The fourteen tracks on Ladies, Women and Girls blur into one long, indistinguishable surf jam. For the most part, the album is a little more than listenable. At times, it is catchy ‚?? "In Love with All My Lovers" and "Girlfriends Don't Keep" with handclaps ‚?? "Gimme Brains" and keyboards ‚?? "You're Fired." But for the most part, Ladies, Women and Girls seems to be devoid of any enthusiasm whatsoever. Unlike Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, whose vocal range could go from primal, guttural screams to beautiful melodics within a single song, Bratmobile's Allison Wolfe's voice falls flat. Wolfe sings in such a monotonous voice, she's basically speaking.

Ladies, Women and Girls seems to lack any real enthusiasm or emotion. Unless you are a diehard Bratmobile fan, I wouldn't purchase this album.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 19, 2003)

Male 'punks' were always normally pretty cool and niceto female 'punks'. Because they have boobs.

Hmm, well, being nice to someone simply because they have boobs isn't really being nice. In fact, some might call that exploitation!

Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

I'm quite positive female participation in the punk "scene" was accepted and encouraged by most well before the emergence of Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, what with all the female manned (no pun intend bands) bands (X, Blatz, X Ray Specs, etc.) that were around and playing to pretty large and enthusiastic audiences before the whole Riot Girl thing. It's not as if there was some fervent facist anti-womanism going around in the 70's and 80's that bands like B. Mobile came along and finally heroically destroyed. Male 'punks' were always normally pretty cool and niceto female 'punks'. Because they have boobs.

Get a clue, reviewer.

AtomicGarden (August 17, 2002)

I saw this band live and wasn't impressed. Also I know you're trying to be feminist but if you're not going to shave your armpits don't wear shirts that show off your long, gross hair. Thanks.

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

kablamo!

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