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The follow-up to the ambitious Up Up Up Up Up Up finds the prolific Ani DiFranco striving to expand the range of her brand of do-it-yourself folk. Here she incorporates organ, clarinet, megaphone, and even an ill-advised rap courtesy of Corey Parker, whose father, former James Brown sideman Maceo, contributes saxophone to a few tracks. DiFranco, meanwhile, handles her usual array of instruments, taking on bass, drums, guitar, and, of course, vocals. That voice has changed since her 1990 debut. A smoky quality adds a layer of expression and maturity to still-angry protestations such as the title track and its whispery counterpoint, "Back Back Back." There's even an appearance here from the Unpronounceable One, a.k.a. the Artist, who lends his distinctive voice to the alternately dense and quiet "Providence." Regardless of guest appearances and new vocal and instrumental colors, however, DiFranco's ace remains the quiet, confessional tone she brings to introspective songs such as "I Know This Bar." The sound of her fingers sliding from one warm chord to the next is DiFranco at her strongest. Matthew Cooke
Ani DiFranco is prob. my all-time favorite musical artist. I just think she's a phenomenal song-writer, I love her unique, distinctly-styled vocals, and her songs contain such... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lavender Grace
I would highly recommend this album to another Ani fan, although I wouldn't necessarily recommend buying it from Amazon. Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by Little Plastic Castle
"To The Teeth" is another brilliant Ani album. "I Know This Bar" has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever! Read morePublished on January 5, 2006
A very eclectic mix of folk, funk and progressive. Much of it is very stripped down and most of the vocals are strangely mixed below both the acoustic or electric guitar. Read morePublished on November 10, 2004 by Stephen Cabral
Ani DiFranco showcases her anger through her album 'To the Teeth". She expresses her democratic pride and her deep, personal anger through every track. Read morePublished on November 4, 2003 by David Anderson
We have been a Ani aficionado since her first self-produced CD was released too many
years go. On this, her 13th CD, she tries. She really tries. Read more
While I loved Upx6, I felt like something was missing. It seemed like Ani wasn't singing with the energy and intimacy I was used to. But with this album she returned in full form. Read morePublished on January 12, 2003 by A. Andersen
Honestly, this is not one of her best. Only played 1x, then sat on a shelf for a year. I finally sold it on Half-dot-com. If you like funky jazz, get a disc from LIQUID SOUL. Read morePublished on October 19, 2002 by "jennyfromblock"
Just reading these reviews gets me edgy.
A lot of you are saying that you "used to be Ani fans" until you heard this record. Why? Read more