Luscious Jackson are an 'all-female band'. This would normally send a shiver down most people's spines as they recall those dreaded words. Remember Bananarama, The Belle Stars, The Nolans and the more talented but still undeniably amateurish punk/new wave bands such as The Raincoats, The Runaways and The Slits? So welcome this rare exception to female bands; talented musicians who can write their own tunes.
With their roots firmly in hip-hop but with a penchant for guitar-driven melody, despite being reduced to a trio since their last album (keyboardist Vivian Trimble having left because of the pressures of touring) Luscious Jackson's recorded legacy is still as strong as it always has been. On all four of their albums the group have shown an undeniable energy and an ear for a memorable tune; this talent is epitomised most noticeably by recent single 'Ladyfingers' and 'Sexy Hypnotist' written by bassist Jill Cunniff who writes and sings most of the songs on this album. However, lead guitarist Gabrielle Glaser contributes the slower and more soulful 'Friends'. The overall feel of the album is undeniably modern although it does tail off a little towards the end; most noticably on 'Fantastic Fabulous' which includes vocal contributions from Debbie Harry. It is rather lazily sung and doesn't contain the nagging melodies and hooks featured in many of the songs on the album; perhaps the ladies got nervous in the presence of one of their heroes.