- Audio Cassette (July 26 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Righteous Babe
- ASIN: B0000058MF
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
|1. Both Hands|
|2. Talk to Me Now|
|4. Work Your Way Out|
|5. Dog Coffee|
|6. Lost Woman Song|
|7. Pale Purple|
|8. Rush Hour|
|9. Fire Door|
|11. Every Angle|
|12. Out of Habit|
|13. Letting the Telephone Ring [*]|
This is Ani at her most basic. Very simple acoustic guitar. Very simple melodies. Only the lyrics are great.
This album happened before she became a passionate, in-your-face folk/rock artist. And long before she became a master in musical experimentation.
This album gives us a chance to see Ani in her simplest form. Singing the lyrics she loves in her most gentle voice.
Even back then, she wasn't afraid to mention her body parts, her political beliefs or her feelings, even when they're not picture-pretty. She was honest right from the start.
And though most fans will say "She gets better later" -- I think most of them still wouldn't want to part with this album.
It has a poetic, plain, urban quality that makes you remember that purple sunset in a crowded city, when you were holding hands with a guy you haven't seen in years.
What I'd like to see from Ani Difranco is what she gave the world on her self-titled debut CD, which is her showing off her considerable talents as a songwriter. These are beautiful, wonderful songs, showcased by just her and her guitar. "Fire Door", "Work Your Way Out", "Rush Hour"--lots of gems here. It's open, elegant, and searingly honest, and it's free of the clutter of her most recent recordings.
An absolutely essential acoustic classic.