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Ani DiFrancoAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B00008BL67
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark album gets me all jazzed March 16, 2003
By Pandora
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Ani for years, and this album is a definite landmark. It's jazzy, funky, latin, folky, fantastic. If you're gonna give it a try, I recommend listening to it a number of times to really fall into it. Like a lot of her albums, it takes repeat listening to appreciate the depth of the music, and this album especially can be very subtle in its texture. Listen to the sample tracks a coupla times (I just *love* Slide), but my three very favorite songs don't even have samples (Here For Now, Phase, and Serpentine). Go to Ani's website at to listen to more tracks.
If you've never listened to Ani before, I recommend this one for her mellower jazzier stuff, 'Dilate' for her [ticked]-off, righteous, rockin' girl power, and 'Little Plastic Castle' for fun upbeat tunes that are easier to appreciate on the first listen.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fate is not just whose cooking smells good..." March 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When buying the newest offering from the little folksinger, you�ll find yourself winding around her songs with parabolic strides. Starting by only seeing a couple of intriguing pieces, you will cautiously twist around the intricacies of Ms. Difranco�s art, and then find you've discovered more gold in the pan with each successive listen. Hear it once and you�ll discover 'Slide' and 'Evolve'. Listen twice and 'Second Intermission' and 'Shrug' will have nestled comfortably into your subconscious. Listen three times and something pungent and overwhelming starts to happen. The previously inconsequential melodies (although classic Ani) seem to start the task of unburying themselves from the layers of elaboration in which they are wrapped. By your fifth or sixth time through you start to wonder whether or not this might be the most original album of recorded music you�ve heard in a decade. And by your second day, when you haven�t turned off the cd player for 32 hours straight, you are quite sure that genius is buried within the simple iridescent cover.
There is more in this one little album, in terms of poetry, lyricism, rhythm, melody, justice, passion, intellect, and groove � than you will find in any thousand albums randomly chosen in a store. While I admit I hail from the more fanatical end of the spectrum when it comes to Ani, there is no denying that this woman�s fingers are exceptionally skilled at their practice, that her left brain and right worked in a lyrical symbiosis when composing these 12 poems, that her songs have a palpable affect on your surroundings. It takes many fans a few years to really appreciate her music, and, likewise, it will probably take you a few full listens until it is clear how incredible this body of work really is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do It Yourself-er does it for me March 12, 2003
By Donnie
Format:Audio CD
This is my first Ani Difranco cd. At best I have a pedestrian knowledge of her music, so I have really no idea how this compares to any of her previous recordings. Now that that's taken care of, this is an AMAZING cd. The line she walks between jazz, rock and folk is so thin that you really can't label it. The folk/funk and rock/jazz combinations are so incredibly good that even non-Ani Difranco followers like myself have no choice but to take notice. She is the real deal. Incredible voice, incredible music, incredible songs. At this point I'm not ready to single out any particular tunes as choice cuts, and even if I were this cd is meant to be listened to as a whole (you simply cannot skip over any tracks, it's THAT good). Get this cd and hear what I'm talking about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...lets get some bang for our buck" March 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult for avid Ani fans to objectively critique any new album, because face it: after a while, you just fall in love with her. And being head over heals for the Righteous Babe makes every new release seem like a personal letter to that fan, so on some level it's taken personally. I put that aside here and now.
I'm proud of this one. I love that I can put on all her albums and they span a myriad of genres, emotions, politics, outlooks and questions. I love that they all show growth in some form, and I'm overjoyed that this album continues this trend. Of course it won't be like her first album; she was 19 when she made it! She's 32 now, and she's growing and showing it well "Evolve" is slam-packed with some solid tunes: "Icarus" has reflections of a instrument-laden tune from the "Dilate" era, "Evolve" is guitar-driven and harkens back to a more stripped-down Ani sound, "Oh My My" is the first song Ani not only wrote but played on piano, All 10+ minutes of "Serpentine" keep her political views fresh in the minds of all the 'calmed down' critics, and "Welcome To:" is just a beautiful slower Ani tune that's bound to be a classic.
My beef with this? I'm not a huge horns fan, but I think she does well in enhancing the songs without allowing them to overshadow her lyrics and famous guitar-slamming abilities. She's maturing well, and her conscious dynamic musical spirit is just another characteristic of her that fans grow to love. I was not as impressed with Revelling/Reckoning--it seemed she was releasing every song she wrote w/o thought or serious revision--I enjoy this compilation much more.
You would do well to own this one--probably not a great first album, but a great addition to what will become, without you noticing, a vast repertoire of Mr. Difranco. Could possibly end up among the classic Ani's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This album is trying to evolve..
There is always room for improvement, even if you are a musical genius creating totally new and different music. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by A. Frey
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely something different
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 more
Published on February 2, 2009 by Lumba
1.0 out of 5 stars Ani Difranco "evolves" into a cliche
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 more
Published on September 8, 2008 by Nervous Girl
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst!
I started listening to Ani in 1996. I immediately loved her music. The first song I heard was "Gratitude" followed by "Untouchable Face". Read more
Published on April 2, 2006 by J. M. R.
3.0 out of 5 stars At least she's consistent.....
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 more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Melissa Sauder
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing effort from a brilliant artist...
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 more
Published on August 6, 2005 by Misanthrope
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite Ani albums
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 more
Published on March 25, 2005 by C. Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay.....but maybe my tastes have changed
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.
Published on March 3, 2005 by Joann Viliunas
2.0 out of 5 stars boring...
I love Ani! I began listening to her back in college and the first album I bought was her first one (self-titled). Read more
Published on January 11, 2005 by Traci L. Peugnet
4.0 out of 5 stars different...but good
Although I much prefer Ani's older work's , this album is fun and funky. Not as " angry" as most expect Ani's music to be, but her solid vocals soar through the various... Read more
Published on November 16, 2004 by PoetPrincess
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