DIFRANCO, ANI - UP UP UP UP UP UP
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Whereas on Little Plastic Castle Ani DiFranco questioned her public image in song, here the fiercely independent singer/songwriter turns away from stardom's beckoning questions to further explore her emotional balance. "Angry Anymore" is a back-porch country song (with banjo and accordion) about coming to terms with a turbulent adolescence. "Everest" floats by as a reverie of spiritual rejuvenation. Most effective is "'Tis of Thee", which deals with racial injustice. The politics are oversimplified, but the melody is one of DiFranco's strongest. She even funks it up on the extended drum-machine-driven jam "Hat Shaped Hat". But while DiFranco enjoys playing around ("Know Now Then" features a "space phone" vocal), she's strongest when most contemplative, as the title track bears out. Backed by organ, piano, and guitar, she espouses this grand truth: "Half of learning how to play / Is learning what not to play." In her quietest moments DiFranco is living proof of simplicity's great power. --Rob O'Connor
Top Customer Reviews
Now, 3+ years later, I see it differently. Watching Ani move from Upx6 to "To the Teeth" to "Revelling/Reckoning," I see the important place that Up... holds. It is part of an astounding evolution. After the first 5 albums, Ani has grown on each and every album, changing styles and directions. That said, I must say that Up Up Up is not my favorite. While I appreciate it more now than I did, there are still tracks I can't stomach (Come Away From It) and those I love (Angry Anymore).
I wouldn't recommend this album for someone who's new to Ani (try Out of Range or Little Plastic Castle instead) but it is worth your time, something I have ultimately realized. Up Up Up Up Up Up represents something different from what *my* favorite Ani stuff is, but it is still better than half the stuff out there, it is still powerful, and still worth your time. For every person like me who would choose Out of Range over this album any day of the week, there is someone who feels the exact opposite. What is great is that there are artists like DiFranco out there who are indeed *artists*, growing, experimenting, and as Michaelangelo once said, "still learning."
I don't even remember why I chose Up Up Up Up Up Up - I think it was the cheapest there, and I didn't want to spend too much on an album I might not like. I took it home, and slipped it in while I messed around the house.
Well, I wasn't real impressed. Nothing really grabbed me or got my attention. Probably because I wasn't concentrating on the musik, but letting it play in the background. I took it out later, mentally marking it as not exactly a waste of money, but not something I was gonna listen to for the sake of hearing it.
Anyway, just last week I'd decided to rotate the CDs in my collection that I hardly listen to, taking them into work so I could listen to them there and get to know them better. Up Up Up Up UP Up was one....
I don't know what it was, but as it played through the day (I put it on repeat) I found myself paying more and more attention to the songs and lyrics. By the end of the day, I was berating myself for letting it sit on my CD rack for so many months in silence!
Her lyrics and musik strike me as akin to PJ Harvey, another favourite, in their poetic, catchy simplicity. The two artists are very different indeed, but they both capture an immense raw energy and beauty.
It must be the Tom Waits/Tori Amos fan in me, but my favourites on this album are the ones everyone else is dissing...like Angel Food, Come Away, Hat Shaped Hat and Know Now Then. I love the lyrics and the way she's singing.Read more ›
Well, here is a singer who seems sprung whole from that very myth. DiFranco was born in 1970 to parents whose Buffalo home was a stopping place for itinerant musicians. A performer before she was 10, she is an aggressively independent folkie with a passion for funky rhythms and lefty politics.
On this, her 12th album, DiFranco creates a mesmerizing batch of treats, including "'Tis of Thee," about an America that forgets its poor and is transfixed by Jerry Springer; "Trickle Down," set in the streets of Buffalo, where "you cease to smell the steel plant after you've lived here for a while"; and a gospel-inflected ditty in which she scat-sings about an all-night rap session with "a man in the shape of a man/ holding a hat-shaped hat."
Music and politics--Ani masterfully meshes the mix.
Most recent customer reviews
It has been awhile since I popped in "Up Up Up Up Up Up". My taste in music has changed drastically over the years. I am not the big Ani Difranco fan that I used to be. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Erica Anderson
Let me start out by saying: this is an incredible album. It has more of a jam feel than any of her other albums, and you can just hear her and the band having fun. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003
This album is okay. Not great, not even really good, but okay. This was the beginning of the end of the great ANI ERA. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002
I enjoyed this album about the second or third time I listened to it. I love the lyrics and the simplicity of some songs, but at times, Ani tries too hard. Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by G. Sifre
I love Ani DiFranco. Her views on the world we live in are so raw. Ani evolves through out all of her cds. This isnt her best work but it has its good qualities. Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by Jimmel Brown
I am constantly amazed at what ani will do next. She offers a fearless attack into uncharted waters with this great album. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2002 by _parigot
It's Ani, and as always it's progression. The cd has a different feel from the days of Puddle Dive, and Imperfectly, the sound is more layered, and the lyrics while still heavy... Read morePublished on June 16 2000 by Laura
it's ani, yes. one cannot stress that enough. from the country-emotion in "angry anymore" [my favorite track on this album] to the opening, acoustic grrl-and-her-guitar... Read morePublished on May 16 2000 by russ marshalek
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