March 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B+

The folkie Indigo Girl reinvents herself on Stag, her indie solo bow, with a little help from some punk-edged friends, including the Rock*A*Teens, Joan Jett, and the Butchies. On the defiant ”Hey Castrator,” the openly lesbian Ray sings ”I hate myself for turning on,” while on the brazen ”Lucystoners” she rails against gay Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner for not giving female rockers their due. Stag might have been a drab discourse on gender politics, but Ray’s rocking songs earn her honorary riot grrrl stripes.

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