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derivative, but in hindsight -- and especially on this collection -- the elements that endured in their music and made it special are what stand out. Another installment in Numero Group's Line reissue series, Masculin Feminin gathers the band's first two albums, Blonde Redhead and La Mia Vita Violentawhich arrived in a prolific burst of creativity inas well as a generous amount of singles, rarities, and radio performances. The set presents this bonus material alongside each album instead numbers blonde redhead intro
isolating it, giving a more organic picture of the band's music during this era. Their first single, "Amescream," introduces the churning rock they'd perfect on their albums, while its B-side, "Big Song," bears traces of other early-'90s trends like grunge and shoegaze. The leap between these tracks numbers blonde redhead intro
their Smells Like debut "Vague" shows just how quickly Blonde Redhead 's range was growing; later, the soulful "Flying Douglas" 's most vital tracks.