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.
'Fever In Fever Out' itself is altogether less pop-oriented and more restrained but on its own terms is another fine record. Lead-off single 'Naked Eye' was a brash yet brilliant start to the record but the next track, 'Don't Look Back' is more typical of the album as a whole; the laid back rhythm section, Trimble's keyboard strings and Glaser's cool, calculated vocals demonstrate a band that is fully confident with their sound. Sensibly there are a few changes of pace throughout 'Fever In Fever Out', notably on the more energetic 'Under Your Skin' and 'One Thing'. Although lacking in the lyrical and vocal character department at times, this is a classic case of studied cool which still sounds groovy a few years down the line.