Andrew Parks
October 22, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Middle America may never get Le Tigre’s rebel grrrl lyrics and queer-friendly, feminist agenda. So with This Island, the band is throwing a dance party — albeit DNC-promoting — led by cheerleader choruses and beats that snap, skip, and glisten like something out of a ’79 discotheque. But there’s such a thing as being too populist: The awful cover of the Pointer Sisters’ ”I’m So Excited” could have hard-core fans rethinking their alliances.

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