Despite my obsession with politics, I'm generally allergic to explicit political messages in songs. Protest songs frequently cause my ears to protest, because that's not why I listen to music. So, I was a bit nervous when I heard that Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier had produced a protest album, and was even more concerned when I read some of the lyrics: "The ruling class / neglects again responsibility / over-indulged children / drawn to cruel games / pointless pleasures / impulsive reflexes / a group of assassins." That's pretty heavy for pop music and not at all subtle. However, when I heard the music, I left the fretfulness behind.