Ruby Falls' sophomore effort finds the band more subdued than their debut. The New York City quartet varies tempos on Heroines, sometimes focusing on an intricate indie rock sound, favoring a rousing punk sound at other times. Jennifer Rogers and Letha Rodman remain on guitars and vocals, while drummer Laura Rogers and bassist Cynthia Nelson provide the rhythm section. Nelson's work in Retsin seeps into some of the more experimental tracks on Heroines. The opening title track highlights the album's feminist themes and the band's new sound. The second track, "Extracts," offers some of the band's punk rock tendencies. The album's pace reaches its peak during the seamless flow from the fifth track, "Pennies," to the sixth track, "Drawn To." By this point, the band's thoughtful songs hit full throttle, raging through a series of uncompromising lyrics blended with volatile instrumentation. The key is in the subtlety of some of the tracks. The hushed vocals of "Amended" result in one of the most disarming tracks on the disc. The thematic nature of "20 Mile Bridge" gives way to the cut-and-paste collage sound of "Out of Town." The album was recorded with June of 44 producer James Murphy and was released in 1996 on San Diego's Silver Girl Records.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer