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|3. Educated Guess|
|5. Bliss Like This|
|6. True Story Of What Was|
|8. You Each Time|
|10. Grand Canyon|
|12. Rain Check|
In form, this is the disc DiFranco fans have wanted for years: a return to her naked roots of words and guitar, entirely played, sung, and taped to eight-track by Ani herself. But in important ways, Educated Guess suggests there is no going back. Even alone, the lessons of DiFranco's adventurous decade with a band are apparent. Taking a wide-open approach to arrangements, structure, and sound, she piles up tracks of bell-clear, percussive guitar, then does the same with her vocals, the gymnastic phrases echoing, reflecting, and doubling back on themselves. This is DiFranco undiluted, her melodies pulled by rhythmic innovation, alliterative snippets of spoken word woven between jazz-inflected folk songs, lyrics tracing tangled webs of lovers, nations, and various versions of herself. Not surprisingly, it's excessive, but her legions say that's the price of letting ragged passion just hang out. --Anders Smith Lindall
People who don't understand a cd should not comment on it. Anybody who thinks the lyrics are dumb is not a fan of music. She is on her game as always. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by N. Campbell
I purchased this album despite the negative reviews that I have been reading over and over again. YIKES.
WHAT can I say about this album? Read more
Many reviews of Ani's Educated Guess saddens me.
What matters most is whether the music, or song (even, part or a song), hold some significance to the listener. Read more
Let's be honest. Revelling/Reckoning and Evolve were disappointing efforts from Ani, and So Much Shouting/So Much Laughter was not quite up to par with Living in Clip. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Krucialkeys501
The real question here is who Ani's career will resemble in fifty years. Will she end up like a Bob Dylan, with a long string of records, more than a few real bad periods, but an... Read morePublished on March 13 2004
The last Ani CD I bought was the Revelling/Reckoning pkg, which I picked up at her concert in Portland, ME (before it's realease date). Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Katrina