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Dilate [Explicit Lyrics]

Ani DiFrancoAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She’s “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy – ... Read more in Amazon's Ani DiFranco Store

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  • Audio CD (May 21, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B0000058MS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following up two of her strongest records, Not a Pretty Girl and Out of Range, Dilate takes a different tack. It's quieter and more lush than previous efforts but just as intensely personal, with songs like "Untouchable Face" that are easier to identify with than many other DiFranco tunes. At the same time, DiFranco's old fans might not recognize the sound here, especially on tracks like the trip-hop-influenced "Amazing Grace," the shuffling "Napoleon," or the indescribable "Shameless"--this isn't the same thrash-folkie of old. There's a lot to like on Dilate, especially if you're a fan of Portishead or Lisa Germano, but it takes some getting used to. After spending time with the album, you may find it as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans, but you also might find out that the jeans never really fit quite right. --Randy Silver

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Ani's best, but still beautiful. September 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit, when I first bought this album a few weeks ago, my reaction wasn't very positive. I was like, "What the hell happened? This isn't the Ani DiFranco I've grown to love!" And songs like "Outta Me, On To You" and "Shameless" still freak me out a bit.
But once I listened to it a second or third time, I really began to love it. Ani's voice is the best it's ever been on any of her records, the lyrics are brilliant as I can't believe I once disliked it so much. My favorite tracks on it are Superhero (such a wonderful song), Napoleon (I get such a big smile on my face whenever I listen to this one), Done Wrong (gorgeous and sad), and Joyful Girl (whispery and pretty).
I love this album because on it Ani displays such quiet, heartfelt emotion that I've never heard on any of her other records. Not A Pretty Girl is still my favorite album of hers, but Dilate will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you, Ani.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give up the folk (tear the roots off the sucka!) December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Supposing that, like me, you don't normally want to listen to people with acoustic guitars whose fans (who can't spell "inspiring") regard them with awe - well, have a listen to this album, distinctly grittier than many of its kin. Apparently this is the album on which DiFranco got tired of being a folkie and upped the funk level by several degrees. The songs are cool: Napoleon, a blast of contempt at unspeakable rock-biz types, has a grungy swing and an unprintable chorus; Amazing Grace (yes, it's that old chestnut) is all overdubbed thumb pianos and whispering; Untouchable Face is a splendidly miserable love song (again with an unprintable chorus, which redeems the more ordinary sadness of the verses); the title track is a real killer, with a guitar sound big enough to fit a cathedral into it and positively bilious lyrics. Fine stuff. Never mind Laurie Anderson (recording with Lour Reed? What can she be thinking?), DiFranco is the singer-songwriter for people who don't normally listen to them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding, Blunt and Personal June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Some people were annoyed, if I remember right, when Ani DiFranco made this album -- much more brooding and with a lot more backup band than her others.
To them, I said: "She already made like a gazillion albums in her other style! She recorded more songs already than most artists ever will. How long was she supposed to keep going before trying something new?" I figure she has to either reinvent herself or get bored, and I think she made the right choice
I think this album is a TRIUMPH. It's mopey, honest, and absolutely heartfelt. Her lyrics are just as smart as ever.
SUPERHERO is a fantastic song about how when we fall in love, we all become ridiculous cliches ... no matter how 'above it' we thought we were before.
ADAM AND EVE is a powerful, brooding feminist statement about men who "leave you in the morning".
OUT OF ME, ONTO YOU is more or less ... a curse on someone you hate.
I think DILATE is a gem, and every Ani fan should take it back out again and listen to it with fresh ears.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani You Rock My World! February 5, 2002
By h
Format:Audio CD
I met Ani once, years ago when she played at the Ithaca Theater, in Ithaca, NY. She wasn't so commercially known then. I am honored I saw her live, "local" concerts during the best part of her music career. "Dilate" is hard-edged, in-your-face, and is placed very high in my most favorite CD ranks. My two favorite songs have always been "Dilate" and "Untouchable Face". She was very hard core. A jilted lover? Maybe. I have heard new Ani music, saw a music video, and I am saddened to say, the Ani I once knew and loved has turned a tad commercial. If you are a true Ani DiFranco fan, you must experience the raw, guitar-slamming emotions of "Dilate". This is the true Ani..the music that got her started. And Ani-if you are out there...I will NEVER forget how you closed that concert in Ithaca with a solo rendition of "When Doves Cry". Buy this album. It is truly sensational and worthy of more than 5 stars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Ani album August 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
As I warned in my review for Little Plastic Castle: background info before writing this review will probly help Ani fans reading it. I'm not an Ani fan in the sense of agreeing with all her messages and supporting the things she does. I am a fan, however, who admires her outspoken honesty. She knows exactly what she feels, thinks, and believes and isn't one bit afraid to put it out there & in your face. That takes guts, more power to her.

Now, to review Dilate. I just got this recently and it's one of those CD's that I had to listen to a time or three to get used to, but I really like it. It's different from all the other CD's I have by Ani (well that was a stupid statement, all her CD's are different!) I own these albums: Little Plastic Castle, To The Teeth, Revelling/Reckoning and Evolve. This album, so it seems from listening to it in comparison to the others I have and from reading reviews, is the album when she changes from her old style to the newer one on LPC and following ones. It's great because it has her stripped down style with some major changes like samples, hip-hop type beats, and electric guitar.

Track 1, "Untouchable Face," is an nice song with a mellow beat and guitar. From the lyrics it sounds like she's in love with someone who's already taken, and is regretting it. Her use of the 'f-word' can be misleading, I don't necessarily think it's supposed to be a rage-filled song, it's more sarcastic I think (just my opinion).

If this album were a roller coaster, the first song would be the ramp leading to the top & the second song, "Outta Me Onto You" would be the first terrifying drop! It's so energetic in its anger that it's a little startling & very listenable too. It's the perfect song if you're pissed off @ someone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 12 days ago by Theresa Covell
5.0 out of 5 stars A career high
Ani Difranco is best known for her political songs. The straightforward kind that call somebody out. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Lori A. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd! no problems.
I played the cd and one track skipped a lot, but I cleaned the cd and it plays great now!
Published on October 30, 2009 by luv the arts
3.0 out of 5 stars An attempt to move too close to 1990s rock
On her first five albums, Ani DiFranco developed a unique style of sharp, even hard, acoustic folk music whose closest precedent would be Glyn Johns-era Joan Armatrading. Read more
Published on July 12, 2009 by mianfei
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect break up album
This entire album is written out of Ani's frustration over a relationship (with a guy this time) and what results is honestly the best from-start-to-finish break-up album that you... Read more
Published on June 21, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Ani
This is classic Ani at it's best for me! There is no situation in life that you will go through that there is not an Ani song to help you express it and Dilate has so many of... Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by Nanette Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars My second copy of this CD - I love it!
Dilate will always be the Ani Difranco-defining CD for me, since it was the first I'd heard of her. I've owned 2 copies and listened to it for years, and never get tired of it. Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by HGW
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best

My first introduction to Ani, and remains one of favourite cd's today!

She definetly 'hit it' on this one! Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by Dimension
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another textbook praiseworthy release of solid material
A strong release from the aggressive indie songstress offers another captivating glimpse into the impressive songwriting and stylistic range dripping from DiFranco's acoustic... Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Ani at her best.
If you don't like this album, you don't like Ani DiFranco, and you may well be dead.

The lyrics ("life used to be life-like, now it's more like showbiz") are... Read more
Published on August 9, 2007 by Sam I am
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