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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Jerra
Play Like a Girl
Sugar Hooker Entertainment

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


May 19, 2005
Between 1997 and 1998, grrl rock fans were unhappy. The beloved, detached tag team of Veruca Salt traded their copy of the Breeders' Pod for the electric radio fad of the day; Courtney Love boasted Celebrity Skin in polished bombast over the airwaves; L7's The Beauty Process made them wonder if all was lost. If grrl rock didn't go the way of the slick and easy, it was starting to become difficult to identify with, and it was hard to tell which was worse.

Jerra picks up where the glitter eye shadow and mass-produced Hot Topic t-shirts of 1998 left off, and to her credit, the once-maligned sound fares better when distanced from the roots of grrl grunge. It may still be a little uneasy to swallow for some purists, but it's definitely designed to go down easy, with hooks and kittenish attitude to spare. After all, Joan Jett and Blondie were never afraid of being accessible, and it's in that same spirit that Jerra unleashes her slippery tunes upon the world.

What ensues on Play Like a Girl is exactly what you'd think: big riffs, snarled, seductive sentiments and titles like "Sugar Hooker" and "Drama King." You'll know just from her style, culled from these elements, whether you'll enjoy Jerra or not, as this is pretty standard girlie-pop-punk fare. There's marketable sex appeal, standard feminist sentiment and, per Liz Phair's "trailblazing" of late (if you can call it that), an ode to a controller-happy "Game Boy". Nothing should surprise, but all will likely become engrained in your consciousness if given the chance.

It's hard to tell what to gain from an excursion like Jerra's except for some indelibly catchy, hot pink tunes, but some pleasures are meant to be simple. Pick up Play Like a Girl if you still cling to your MP3 of "Volcano Girls" or you're just looking for a pretty little fling.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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