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Promised Land -+ In the Way -+ Icarus -+ Slide -+ O My My -+ Evolve -+ Shrug -+ Phase Here for Now -+ Second Intermission -+ Serpentine -+ Welcome To
Some 15 years and nearly as many albums into her career, Ani DiFranco--the original girl-power prophet and folkie punk--is still as willful as ever. Her lyrics remain poetic, polemical, and yes, occasionally maudlin; her musical explorations sound more like refinement than radical revision, but it's clear that she's still, well, evolving. Always a strikingly gifted and expressive singer and guitarist who employs her voice and guitar as both rhythmic and melodic instruments, DiFranco builds this set of songs on those basics but draws generously from the wide range of styles she's sampled since her stripped-down early days. A slinky Latin guitar line snakes through "Promised Land," gutsy New Orleans brass adds swagger to "In the Way," and jazzy keys, cool clarinets, and mournful muted trumpets lend color and tone to nearly every cut. Hooks are scarce in the disc's mushy middle, but the lush, horn-laden groove of "Here for Now" recaptures the momentum, and DiFranco even drops a signature 10-minute epic in "Serpentine." Like Evolve itself, "Serpentine" is sprawling, funny, angry, compelling, and entirely unafraid. --Anders Smith Lindall
There is always room for improvement, even if you are a musical genius creating totally new and different music. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by A. Frey
As somebody who got this album without ever listening to Ani DiFranco before, my opinion might be a good counterpoint to people who view this album as an extreme departure from her... Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by Lumba
I hate what Ani Difranco has become. Her earlier music was deep and complex, she sang about interesting topics and used really interesting music styles. Read morePublished on September 8, 2008 by Nervous Girl
I started listening to Ani in 1996. I immediately loved her music. The first song I heard was "Gratitude" followed by "Untouchable Face". Read morePublished on April 2, 2006 by J. M. R.
As is the case with most Ani albums in my opinion she's got a couple jems on there and that's about it. Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Melissa Sauder
I'm not going to compare this album with her brilliant previous efforts like "Dialate" and "Living in Clip"; it's quite obvious that Difranco is reinventing her sound (again),... Read morePublished on August 6, 2005 by Misanthrope
I'm surprised to see so many negative comments about this CD. I feel it to be her strongest since 1998's Little Plastic Castle, and, depending on my mood, it can even be my... Read morePublished on March 25, 2005 by C. Bell
I own every Ani cd prior to this one.
When I shelled out the double bucks for this double cd, I only enjoyed ONE song.
I love Ani! I began listening to her back in college and the first album I bought was her first one (self-titled). Read morePublished on January 11, 2005 by Traci L. Peugnet