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The Slits

  • Cut [Antilles, 1979] B+
  • Trapped Animal [Narnack, 2009] Choice Cuts

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Cut [Antilles, 1979]
For once a white reggae style that rivals its models for weirdness and formal imagination. The choppy lyrics and playful, quavering, chantlike vocals are a tribute to reggae's inspired amateurism rather than a facsimile, and the spacey rhythms and recording techniques are exploited to solve the great problem of female rock bands, which is how to make yourself heard over all that noise. Arri Up's answer is to sing around it, which is lucky, because she'd be screeching for sure on top of the usual wall of chords. Some of this is thinner and more halting than it's meant to be, but I sure hope they keep it up. B+

Trapped Animal [Narnack, 2009]
"Pay Rent," "Trapped Animal" Choice Cuts