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we here at emancipation fanzine have something of an ego problem - we love our zine to pieces, and if we were to review ourselves, it would probably read something along the lines of "the best zine in the world ever - you love it already." however, other zinesters hold different opinions - take a look for yourself....
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from UNDERGROOVE:
Hmmm. Someone has been taking artistic inspiration from Undergroove's artist here, me thinks!! Happy Pills: Krispian Mills, Scary Bint: Keith Flint. Oh, what the hell, I don't mind! Actually this is well written, enthusiastic and well worth checking out. Features Gold Blade, Freeboy, Monkey Island, demos and cartoons.

from UNDERGROOVE:
The return of the bastard son of Undergroove, this issue features comic festival reviews, Syndicate*, local bands scenes (but where are the contact addresses?), cartoons, competitions and now it's an absolute bargain at only 30p and an A5 SAE.

from ZINE MACHINE:
the interviews read pretty well, but it's a shame they're repeated on every band included (urusei yatsura, the crocketts, the dawn & grandaddy). The glastonbury review is good & the reasons to hate Aaron Cater made me laugh. theres some cool recommened internet sites, but still too many dull single reviews.
THIS ISSUE WAS MUCH BETTER THAN THE LAST. ITS ADDED A BIT OF HUMOUR, BUT STILL READS LIKE ONE OF THOSE JOURNALIST WANNABE FANZINES. WHY DO A FANZINE IF YOUR NOT HAVING FUN?!DAN THE REVIEWER IS GREAT & THE PARTS ON THE INTERNET & I LIKE THE INTERVIEWS BUT I THINK THE MANY REVIEWS ARE UNNECESSARY.

from UNDERGROOVE:
Issue 4 announces to its readers that it's both highly fashionable and paternally compatible, so at least you know where you are with this zine. Reviews and features on Urusei Yatsura, The Dawn (cool), and the Crocketts. A fellow Groop Dogdrill fan, Ruth can also be quite cutting in an amusing way which is cool.

from THE 'EXCLUSIVE':
This one passed the time quite nicely and took my mind away from the what I was doing. It's slickly presented with short interviews with Idlewild, Regular Fries, Nightnurse, Nojahoda and the Llama Farmers amongst its pages - again, not all bands that I'm a fan of but there is a good mix and it's written well so I don't mind at all. A little short on content but the personality that runs through it makes up for it. A good dinnertime read.

from THE INDIEPENDENT:
A bright yellow cover and pretty cartoons to match its personality. Interviews with Idlewild, No Jahoda, Nightnurse, Llama Farmers and Regular Fries, as well as all the usual reviews. Good value too.

from THE ORIGINAL SIN:
In a previous review I've said Emancipation was a fab zine but that it was just a shame that there weren't any addresses included...well the new issue has addresses!!! (...which means we can write to the bands instead of paying expensive phonecalls!). In this issue you can find Brassy, Rachel Stamp, Silverchair (a very stupid band if you ask me...), Flaming Lips, Beastie Boys, Fuel 238 and the extremely boring Reef. Lots of other stuff (like cartoons) too...

from TRUCKING + PAVING:
These zines [issues 6 & 7], although nothing new and original in their format and approach, are written in a nice and friendly manner and also boast lovely colourful covers!

from DAMN YOU!:
To steal one of this fanzine's sections, a case of the good (Quasi), the bad (Creed, The Beta Band) and the ugly (Groop Dogdrill). My advice?Shit or get off the pot.

from AQUAMARINE:
I reviewed an earlier issue of this zine in the past - I thought it wasn't bad but I wasn't too impressed by the fact that they didn't print addresses of things you can only get by mail-order. There's only the one DIY release reviewed in this issue by the looks of it, a CDR by Da.nu.lo, and they've included the address so that's something! There's still a main emphasis on signed bands but if you like the bands it's a good zine. Ruth is equally enthusiastic about indie and metal bands, quite a rare attitude. Seafood, The Beta Band, Quasi, Creed and Groop Dogdrill are interviewed, there's a piece on Muse, music reviews (no zine reviews) and a quiz entitled How cool are you? No really, how cool? I'm not normally overly enamoured with zines which don't have much DIY/mail-order music in, but this is one of the few I like.

from PTOLEMAIC TERRASCOPE:
Groovy fanzine Emancipation has a cover price of 50p. How Ruth manages to put out interviews with the Beta Band, Groop Dogdrill and many others at such a low rate astounds me. I ran my own 'zine ('Eclectic Electric') before being transferred to the premier division at the 'Scope. It sold for a quid and I had to stop because I was making losses. Either she's using third world slave labour or has a wealthy and benevolent patron. Issue nine features a flick animation of a beer drinking Lowry citizen and a record review section. It's good humoured and good looking. Back issues of Emancipation (there are eight) feature The Regular Fries, Delgados and Neutral Milk Hotel making them well worth seeking out. Send away today and tell her who told you!

from THE INDIEPENDENT:
Always an entertaining read, although you don't even have to read it - the cartoons are ace. Interviews with the Beta Band, Quasi, Groop Dogdrill, Seafood, Creed, Bellatrix, Brassy, Badly Drawn Boy and Muse.

from THE ORIGINAL SIN:
The zine may have the classic lay-out, but Ruth's taste in music isn't classical at all. Articles about Seafood, Bellatrix, The Beta Band, Muse, Creed, Groop Dogdrill, Brassy...and the zine also wants to review demos from upcoming bands...so why wait?

from ABAXIS:
I love the graphics in this zine - cut'n'paste heaven! Some funky cartoons as well. This issue features Jets to Brazil, Flaming Lips, the Make Up, Ooberman, Bone-box, Pavement, a defence of pop music and a guide to the best compilation tracks. Very nice.

from ANGELS UNDER STARLIGHT:
A free zine [NB! Only for this issue!] containing such delights as Flaming Lips, Ooberman and Pavement. Has a very nice front cover to boot. Don't bother ordering it until July 2nd though, cos Ruth has gone on a round the world adventure (ok for some!). Get your sticky paws on a copy in, er, 1 month!

from SAFEWAYS HERE WE COME:
Tales of hi jinx from Australia, no less, a lot of cartoons, and interviews with Bis and Mercedes. Again, I highly recommend this.

from THE 'EXCLUSIVE':
Emancipation is very, very regular - she managed to get issue 10 out, go around the world for six months, and get this issue out before I've finished my issue 6! Boy, am I crap. I read this during a boring moment at work and loved it - there are interviews with bis (yay!) and Mercedes as well as a big feature on the Australian music scene and loads of bits about her trip. Emancipation is always worth a read and seems to be getting better too.