Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Lady Sovereign: Jigsaw [Midget, 2009]
She tried to show the Yanks at Def Jam how funky she was, only she wasn't, so now she's stuck on a DIY imprint that with her chin-up sass she claims leaves her free as a bird. Actually, of course, she'll take any job she can get, and pragmatism suits her. Rapping or singing, club or pop, she's cranking ditties so insignificant they're precious, like a bottle shard that resembles a bulldog's head or a constable's badge. For her grime now is punk. Soused at the student union bar, licking Haagen-Dazs off her beau in literally filthy foreplay, she's weird and you're weird. That makes you mates. A-