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DIFRANCO, ANI - LITTLE PLASTIC CASTLE
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As she's gone from the Young Woman Who Could to the Woman Who Has, Ani DiFranco has explored more than her share of musical styles, all the while remaining true to her core. Even during her most extreme departures, you could hear the sound of the early albums coming through. On Little Plastic Castle, an album on which people are credited for adding pontifications, incantations, and an "evil machine" to songs, you could--for the first time--hear an almost completely new artist. Call her Ani, version 3; she couldn't have existed without hearing all of Ani, version 1's albums, and she wouldn't be as funky and experimental without the influence of Ani, version 2. She still has a lot to say--about politics, about relationships, about herself--but the messages aren't thrown in your face here (well, not as often). Instead they're wrapped in funky hooks and lots of production--anything you learn from DiFranco on this album will come from pure repetition, and for the first time, the album is varied enough, catchy enough, and subtle enough that you'll push the repeat button while cleaning the house. --Randy Silver
Top Customer Reviews
The lyrics are still just as good -- but don't buy it expecting the old Ani ... you have to love it as something completely new.
And I DID love it!
The songs are made not more watery, but more powerful by the elaborate compositions. The topics capture so many sides of life -- from the pretty to the dark.
One song urges rude people to "just suck up and be nice".
Another song, whose entire atmosphere tells of a desperate hour proclaims, "If you think you know what I'm doing wrong, you're gonna have to get in line."
GRAVEL has a catchy, hardcore beat and really gets across the humor in having an ex that you just seem to keep taking back, no matter what he does.
And it all leads up to the climax -- the final song -- that is more of a hypnotic symphony than a song. It only has a few spoken words -- the rest it says in its swaying rhythm -- but it is absolutely powerful. An expected pinnacle.
The first song or two on the album are just warm-ups. Skip past them to really delve into the riches of this outstanding record.
This album is not to be missed by anyone who likes true-to-the-heart, poignant, powerful experimental music.
Musically stunning tracks:
Two Little Girls
Lyrically stunning tracks:
Two Little Girls
Best Song (in my opinion):
I am trying to be objective and write a truly helpful review, but I really can't find anything I dislike about this album except the annoyingly blue cover.
By her own admission, Ani isn't what you'd call mainstream, so if you're reading this it's not likely you heard her on Letterman last night (after all, she did get booted for wanting to sing about "White Flight").
I could sit here and preach about how Ani DiFranco's music is edgy, her lyrics are biting and her guitar playing cuts right through you.
Instead, I'd prefer to tell you that her music is just great to listen to. Little Plastic Castle is an awesome song that just makes you wonder about little things in life. Fuel is a performance of just how sharp Ani's tongue can be, wrapping almost to the point of spoken word. Pixie shows the softer side of her, but how can you hate a song with lyrics like "Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep. Nobody likes their job, nobody gets enough sleep."
I didn't love every song on this CD, but I think the money was well spent.
Most recent customer reviews
To me this is a solid album from Ani... It's also my first one that I've bought/owned by Ani - got lucky and picked it up in a 2nd hand store (thought it's definitely worth full... Read morePublished on May 10 2004
I own Not A Pretty Girl, Dilate, and this album by Ani Difranco. While I thouroughly enjoy the first two--Little Plastic Castle never pulled me in at all really. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by BigSpender
wow, its nice to hear ani difranco with out hearing her and her guitar all the time. I can totally relate to the song fuel and 2 little girls so harsh, a little too real but that's... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
wow, its nice to hear ani difranco with out hearing her and her guitar all the time. I can totally relate to the song fuel and 2 little girls are sweet.Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
This is the best album to share with anyone who is unfamiliar with Ani DiFranco. "Little Plastic Castle" is a very accessable album, with more uptempo-beats and less of... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by K. A D. Veer
Ani shines on this album and each album recorded BEFORE this. It's poppy and fun and political. Overall, this must be her most successful album to date. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002
With the exception of the title track (Little Plastic Castles), there isn't anything that I get even close to disliking. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by Antony V Plocido
I like this cd. Its much lighter than her other cds. Her voice even seems happier in the songs " Little Plastic Castle" and "Gravel". Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by Jimmel Brown
This is a beautiful album. The songs are all so melodic and heartfelt, the lyrics are raw and real and every track on the album steadily grew on me. Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by Jasmine
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