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  • Summary: The first studio release in 20 years for the Los Angeles grunge/punk band was produced by Norm Block and Nick Launay.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    [L7] still sound as toxic and ornery as ever, their songs sharp and savage, their solos short and sweet, their vocals still capable of freezing testicles at 50 paces. [Summer 2019, p.82]
  2. May 3, 2019
    Scatter the Rats is a triumphant return packed with odd comforts and familiar memories. Two decades later, L7 have aged quite gracefully, no matter how unfitting that word may be when describing this ever-raucous crew.
  3. May 3, 2019
    The best of this record comes early, with opening tracks "Burn Baby," "Fighting the Crave" and "Proto Prototype." ... Scatter the Rats falters as it gets closer to its middle. ... The record picks back up in earnest with some of the final tracks.
  4. May 3, 2019
    On Scatter the Rats, L7 return as a bloodthirsty gang (just check the L7-branded motorcycle club leather jackets they wear on the cover) and live up to their legacy.
  5. May 3, 2019
    The 11-song record lacks the forcefulness and murderous moxie that gave L7 their early power. There are hints of it in the frenetic lead guitar line of “Stadium West” and in Sparks’ “Lock us up, lock us up” chant on “Burn Baby,” one of the few subtly political references on the record.
  6. May 30, 2019
    L7 always need to be given credit and respect but Scatter the Rats is not them at their best. They are a raucous, subversive, and vital voice in rock, but this album doesn't show that. It should be a footnote on a career that is more important than this.
  7. Mojo
    May 3, 2019
    A baffling mix of forgettable riffs and clumsy lyricism. [Jun 2019, p.96]
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