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My favorite song is 'Two Little Girls' which is a touching love story which I can personally relate to. 'Gravel' and 'Glass House' are good hard folk songs that effectively offsets the beautiful 'As Is'. 'Pixie' is wonderful both for the music and for the simple fact that virtually everyone can relate to disgruntled workers behind the counter, "so just suck up and be nice". How perfect is that!?!? The CD ends with 'Pulse' and the expanded beat that puts you in a whole different world. I think the one weakness of this CD is 'Deep Dish' that doesn't flow with the other tracks.
Regardless of what other Ani fans say, I enjoy her recent work and believe there is much to gain from it. Give it a try, you may find yourself repeatedly reaching for it too!
This was the first album I got by Ani, and I have to say my favorite to date. Personally, I'm an eclectic & enjoy ALL music (I tend to stay mainstream [not Britney Spears-type, though], but enjoy many types of music). When I first heard Miss DiFranco, I was really quite turned off by her sound. A friend of mine had been playing her music in the car on our trips & activities, and I almost couldn't stomach it. She played Revelling/Reckoning, To The Teeth, Evolve, and probably Dilate. I just remember thinking "What is this???" Ani has a musical style all her own, very raw and real. I suppose my ears were just so used to sugar-sweet candy pop that I was somewhat disgusted. But even 'alternative' rock like death metal & all that don't have anything on her; she's got something that so many other artists, whether or not I like them, don't have.
Anyway, back to the task at hand: reviewing "Little Plastic Castle." I'm pretty sure the reason I like it so much is it is probably one of the more musically melodic albums she has out. What I mean is someone who is used to pop and things like that would probably do well to buy this CD as their first Ani album because it's closest to what they know.Read more ›
For Ani fans, [shame on you if you haven't gotten it yet ;) ] this will be a very different experience from her earlier days. The sounds are more "modern" -- more than just her guitar and beautiful voice. For newcomers to her music; this is a great album, but not indicative of most of her earlier music. If you want to hear the folk, get "Puddle Dive" or the first album. All of her albums are amazing in their own ways.
Overall, a great album, although her sounds get a tad repetitive for the --very selective listener.-- I like it a lot -- and I was satisifed paying full price for it. Get it -- you won't be dissapointed -- Ani is truly a gem.
That being said, I've always felt that after a certain point she just made too damn many CDs, so that at times musically she covered the same ground again and again. Try making a compilation sometime of your favorite Ani songs and you'll realize quickly just how many have the same tempo, the same key, the same basic structure and feel but (and this is the difference that saves them) new thoughts in the lyrics.
But LITTLE PLASTIC CASTLE probably is the best combination of all of Ani's best instincts along with the greatest variety in style, tempo and overall musical creativity. She also achieved a kind of unusual level of spontanteous vocal excitement on this album where she sounds even more intense and exuberant than her usual standard (which is always pretty intense!).
For me, this album and IMPERFECTLY are her two finest efforts, although I love many things scattered throughout all the rest of the CDs. If you are not already an Ani fan, this CD may be the best way "in," since if you don't like this one, I can't imagine you could generate much affection for Ani, who is so exuberantly accessible here.
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It is Difranco. This is one of the albums who made her, her. It is great.Published 16 months ago by Jae
Eh. It's catchy, but I tire of her cutesy "am I gay? Am I bi?" schtick really quickly. "Gravel" is really good.Published 24 months ago by Joe Fritts
Ani is awesome! I love her older stuff. And I love her new work. She has really evolved as a TRUE artist. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Arnell Dailey
This is one of Ani's more upbeat albums, I recommend it. It's a classic and in her usual tongue in cheeky stye.Published on September 30, 2013 by Carol Scheier
I learned about Ani DiFranco music through her performance in the 100th birthday concert honoring Woody Guthry aired on Public Television. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by George L. Wybenga
i have been a fan of the amazing miss ani d for as long as i can remember (sense middle school, at least) and I have bought and re-bought re-bought every album not then once. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Leslie Moffatt
This is fun Ani! She is always intelligent, deep, meaningful and thought provoking yet maintains a sense of humor and witty optimism. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Kris
I've been listening to this album for years, and I still come back to it when I'm feeling nostalgic. It has so many great songs. I especially love SWAN DIVE. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Booker
This is one of my favorite Ani Difranco albums. I've listened to it many times, alone, loud, dancing around. Its just that kind of album.Published on November 11, 2009 by Lara Kettell
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