Le Tigre – Le Tigre (1999)
(Lovely Logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming)
Songstress(es) #5: Le Tigre
If I’d only listened to Le Tigre’s self-titled debut once, this would have been a very different post.
It likely would have featured a Zoolander ‘Le Tigre’ pose and general indifference in terms of any specific comments.
Though I may have quoted their tune The The Empty, “I went to your concert and I didn’t feel anything,” as representative of my experience.
Which may be partly why I insist on listening to records twice (or more) as first impressions can be deceiving.
At some point during the second through fifth listens, I changed my tune.
The at times blasé vocal delivery started to contrast nicely with the considerably more energetic accompaniment.
I started to pay much more attention to the lyrics and unlike the Le-tigre-pose-striking Derek Zoolander, these ladies have plenty to say that’s worth hearing.
Deceptacon felt like a sure-fire single, I’m surprised the lead-off track wasn’t also the album’s lead single.
Though I suppose releasing the album’s strongest song (and likely among the strongest songs from ’99), Hot Topic, wasn’t a bad choice either.
I’m always fascinated to hear about artist influences and in Hot Topic, Le Tigre name-checked dozens of influential artists.
While I was familiar with some, many others were new to me, so it was both an educational & enjoyable listening and learning experience.
The album worked really well as a running soundtrack; while one could say it started stronger than it finished, the same could easily be said for most of my races!
And even if there was some front-loading, to borrow a line from Hot Topic, “don’t give a damn I’m listening anyway.”