steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Bitch and Animal

"Sour Juice and Rhyme" CD

Righteous Babe Records

Genres: indie rock, riot grrl

Righteous Babe
P. O. Box 95, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205-0095

May 31 - Jun 6 2004

Sour Juice and Rhyme is Bitch and Animal's third album, following a minor debut in 1999 and 2001's Righteous Babe sophomore effort, Eternally Hard.  While their spunky attitude has remained intact, many of the songs on this disc explore more accessible, melodic territory.

This album is largely a lyrical affair, with much attention focused on the kooky, poetic vocals.  This often makes the disc more like a recorded theatrical production than an actually music release.  The melodies aren't always great, but the messages are loud and vibrant.  "Feminist Housewives," for example, is a somewhat clever, self-explicatory piece of music, though its repetitive song structure and verbose nature [and seven minute duration] don't exactly make for repeated listening material.

The most preferable songs on Sour Juice and Rhyme are the simpler, more accessible ones.  "Croquet," for example, is wonderfully funky and attitude-packed, while acoustic-folk number "You Left Out" is more of an heart-warmer.  Tracks like "Don't Do Crystal" and "Betty Ford," on the other hand, are a bit irritating, and won't likely appeal to most audiences.

I'm not against experimentation, nor do I hate politically motivated, attitude-packed music - but I have a feeling Sour Juice and Rhyme will only be appreciated by a certain niche.  It just isn't accessible enough to catch on in a big way.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]