To The Teeth
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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.
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.
A lot of you are saying that you "used to be Ani fans" until you heard this record. Why? Because you want her to be writing songs like "Fire Door" throughout her entire career? Grow up! That's what she did. Her older stuff was fine and wonderful, and I love it to death, but as a musician, to keep it interesting for yourself and others... you have to start experimenting with different styles! Why do you think Sting and Eric Clapton are still around?
She's Ani. She does everything with a LOT of class and dignity. Anything she puts on a record is going to sound fantastic, because as a fan, I completely trust her judgement with what sounds good. Wanna know why? Because everything she's ever come out with has so much beauty and spirit. Some of it is obvious, and some of it you need to look for it. She wouldn't be such a fantastic songwriter and musician if every single one of her songs were so blatantly overwhelming in the same style every time. She needs diversity.
I absolutely love this album. There is an imminent beauty in the jazzy ensembles. "Providence" is an especially touching song. Not too many people comment on it... the duet she did with Prince (then known as the "Artist..."). Powerful, powerful song. So is "Wish I May". Also a lot of people tend to overlook "Cloud Blood" and "Carry You Around". Both of these are masterpieces. Cloud Blood is a massive lyrical vortex... with such incredible intensity. Carry You Around has got a MAD beat.
So... what do I say? As a TRUE "die hard" Ani fan... put a little more faith into her ability as a songwriter. You'd be surprised with how much you will appreciate what you notice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 20 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
and the ones that say they do must start listening to some other artist, ANY other artist soon. kudos to ani for following her muse, but god knows it must be hers alone because... Read morePublished on April 15, 2002 by Mark Bychowski
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