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Bricks Are Heavy

L7 - Bricks Are Heavy
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1992 Ratings: #69 / 386
User Score
Based on 135 ratings
1992 Ratings: #73
Liked by 25 people
April 14, 1992 / Release Date
LP / Format
Slash, London / Label
Grunge, Riot Grrrl / Genre
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L7 will probably remain in the shadows of Nirvana, Soundgarden, AIC and Pearl Jam as far as grunge is concerned. And some of that is due to sexism, which is a main topic of this album. In the 80s and 90s, female artists in this genre playing brash grunge was unprecedented and often ignored. As an album, it's a knuckling album with crunchy guitars and a confident swagger. Legacy-wise, the album is loaded with the cues that created and inspired riot grrl, or feminist punk in the 90s. Above all, ... read more


some very very heavy grunge. a really interesting style that was ultimately overshadowed by more mainstream grunge bands. "pretend like we're dead" is an amazing song and has immediately become one of my favourites of the 90's. some crazy good stuff.


L7 along with other female led bands of their era were a pretty big fraction of my listening habits when I was in my early teens. While I didn’t know their discography too extensively, I always thought they had bangers and I really admired that they were an all-woman grunge band who never compromised on their heaviness and energy in order to appeal to mainstream audiences. Last night I had the privilege of getting to hear this classic album of theirs live front to back in a fairly ... read more




Look. I love grunge. And I really want to give women in the scene a better outlook because I know how rampant sexism was and still is in the said genre.

But this just ain't it for me.

There are some really sick riffs and bass lines but the vocals man, they just put me to sleep.

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Added on: June 28, 2013