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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Must-have Ani album! She won a Grammy for the art-work for this one .
A later must-have .
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 L&CR
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.
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