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  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B00002DDNE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

Customer Reviews

She is both lyrically amazing and engineers great songs.
If you are just getting into Ani, are curious, or love her already, this is a great cd I would recommend.
L. Gebhardt
This is definitely Ani's best and easily one of the best albums of 1999.
Beverly E McNamara

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Abbigail Frelich on November 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
i've been a fan of ani's for a few years now, and i, like many "old school" fans, love her early work. it was gritty, controversial, and intimate. what i don't understand is the amount of flack she has been receiving for allowing herself to mature and grow... her voice, her lyrics, her music as a whole have long been a reflection of herself and the world as seen through ani's eyes. to the teeth is quite possibly my favorite ani production to date. from the scolding, honest tone of the title track to the funky sounds of maceo parker to the influence of "the artist" on providence, i was captivated by the album. i hate to point out the obvious, but times change, the world still turns, and life goes on. i'm honored to have the pleasure of hearing ani's music grow with it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "sarafina_j" on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ani D. never ceases to amaze with her talent. "to the teeth", the second album ani has released in 1999, once again demonstrates ani's ability to grow as an artist. This album is on the same track as "up up up up up up"; full of new style and amazing sounds. She does include some of her trademark styles: her political lyrics, percussionistic guitar, and her wide range of vocals, but "to the teeth" also introduces multiple instruments into the songs and a very special guest appearance by the artist formerly known as prince. This album is joy to listen to and definitely worth investing in. Ani has a unique and characteristic style that continues to get better and better as she explores new genres of her talent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Krischke VINE VOICE on February 6, 2002
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A lot of people complained when Ani Difranco released Little Plastic Castles. What is this? Where's teh fiery fast finger-picking and passionate political lyrics that we know and love? Admittedly, I was one of the ones complaining. Happily, I was not one of the ones who stopped listening. To The Teeth is the payoff for that perseverance.
This is the album that Up and Castles wanted to be, tried to be. Or maybe that I wanted them to be. This is the album that has been coming ever since the evolution began, since the queen of folk/punk started playing with jazz/funk arrangements, since she toned down the lyrics (in volume and tone, not in content. I'm learning nowadays that when Ani's being quiet, that's when to watch for flying objects.) This is the culmination, or maturation, of the (r)evolution.
Simply put, this album is excellent. From track one to I Know This Bar, there's hardly a forgettable track on the whole piece of plastic. That's freaking amazing. Personal favorites -- ones I play over and over and over again -- are Wish I May (perhaps the most despairing song ever), Freak Show, and Swing.
All of Ani's albums are good -- meaning better than the average folk/rock album -- but this is one of her best. And that's saying plenty.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon on November 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have a feeling that fans who are new to Ani will enjoy this much more than old school fans. Not exactly words of wisdom, I know.
Fans who discovered Ani with Little Plastic Castle or UPUPUP will like To the Teeth, especially if they liked UPUPUP. To the Teeth is almost a continuation of UPUPUP. You can tell the direction she is heading just by the way she is playing her guitar. That direction is not anywhere near her older style... thus, old school fans tend to get more and more teed off as the newer material is recorded. And then newer fans tend to complain that old school fans complain too much. But it's hard to even compare her CD's to one another, especially when you fell in love with Ani's music back in her NotaPrettyDilate days.
The thing is, old school fans would like this CD if there was any other name besides Ani Difranco on it. As much as I think I should wince at the rap solo on "Swing" . . . I actually LIKE it. It's fun. Pure and simple. It shows exactly how she does not take herself too seriously. And I wouldn't have even known that Prince sang on "Providence" if it wasn't in the liner notes. The voices all blend together so beautifully. She's doing some amazing things musically on this CD, like playing the electric guitar in a way she's never done before.
My biggest complaint would have to be the title song. Don't get me wrong, it is a great song on the same level as Tis of Thee and even Untouchable Face, but it is a very serious political song that is placed at the very beginning of a CD that is more FunBouncyExperimental than SeriousFolkyPolitcal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Author Unknown on June 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's been a while since an Ani album was such fun and so varied, and the title track is, lyrically, one of those absolute gems that I wish I'd written and which consequently I'll be using as a yardstick for a long time to come.
Due to location I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing Ani play live; thus, without being in the position of often having heard the new album's material on stage months before release, my perspective differs to that of several of the other reviewers here. I buy the albums on release day. I jump straight to the lyric booklet. I absorb every written word on paper. Then, finally, without distractions and usually hours later, the CD goes in the player and I let it wash over me. Unfortunately with her last few, washing over me is exactly what they've done. The lyrics are always the reason I come back but with "Little Plastic Castles" & "Up Up..." I felt the music was lacking - maybe rushed, maybe hurried, maybe too convenient to throw together once the lyrics were finished - maybe she works the other way round, I dunno. Something wasn't right.
This jumped out at me the second I hit play. Emotion: regret, anger, reflection, sympathy. Great lyrics and for the first time in quite a while, the music rose to the same heights. With every twist and turn, it held my interest and pulled me further in. "Hello Birmingham" is so personal in its delivery, "Freakshow" is swathed in intrigue and perspective, "Providence" is vocally exquisite, and "The Arrivals Gate" and "I Know This Bar" paint two widely contrasting portraits of an artist who clearly sounds like she had immense fun putting this together.
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