This Island

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  • Summary: The trio make the jump to a major label with 'This Island,' which features a cover of the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited."

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I'm So Excited
Tonight's the night we're gonna make it happen Tonight we'll put all other things aside Give in this time and show me some affection We're goin' for... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    A career-arching centerpiece. [Nov 2004, p.154]
  2. Urb
    80
    Just rock out to some really good music. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.96]
  3. Even more staunchly pop than their previous records.
  4. A mostly "hit" but occasionally "miss" effort that showcases both the band's maturation and its residual shortcomings.
  5. Money cannot change vocalist Kathleen Hanna's tendency to sound snotty rather than angry, which frequently leaves you feeling like you're being harangued by Buffy the Vampire Slayer's right-on classmate.
  6. Uncut
    40
    Too much here is self-congratulatory sloganeering. [Nov 2004, p.110]
  7. Kathleen Hanna’s girlish yelp grates more than usual, practically bereft of charm, and her bandmates can barely write a functional song much less play one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Ross
    Jul 23, 2005
    10
    There is no group as impassioned, wild savvy, politically hip and sexy as this trio. LONG LIVE LE TIGRE!!!
  2. JakeH
    Oct 30, 2004
    9
    Kathleen Hanna is a 9 on my scale. Yeah...she's a looker.
  3. EricP
    Oct 20, 2004
    7
    If it's a "confirmed dud," why did you give it a 5? I'd say try not to hold up to Le Tigre's earlier releases and try to take If it's a "confirmed dud," why did you give it a 5? I'd say try not to hold up to Le Tigre's earlier releases and try to take it by itself. Some parts are more than a little awkward, but nothing anyone who buys a Le Tigre album can't handle. Expand
  4. Bobby
    Oct 23, 2004
    7
    More textured, more mature than previous albums. I just think everyone wants another "Deceptacon," and at 34, Hanna's not giving it.
  5. #1Fan(notqueer)
    Nov 26, 2004
    7
    No comparison to Le Tigre's stunning debut, but still carried by the genius of Kathleen Hanna. It's not going to make outsiders No comparison to Le Tigre's stunning debut, but still carried by the genius of Kathleen Hanna. It's not going to make outsiders into fans, but Le Tigre fans will adore it. Expand
  6. D
    Oct 19, 2004
    5
    This record is incredibly boring and lifeless, lacking the inspired spontaneity and invention of their earlier releases. A confirmed dud.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Apr 10, 2005
    4
    Aside from the fact that Le Tigre signed with an awful major label, I feel let down. It felt as if they were definitely "playing it safe", Aside from the fact that Le Tigre signed with an awful major label, I feel let down. It felt as if they were definitely "playing it safe", both in terms of experimenting with sounds as well as the statements that they were trying to make. They are capable of doing much better than this. Expand