DIFRANCO, ANI - ANI DIFRANCO
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Ani DiFranco was a star from the get-go. It just took the world a little while to catch on to that fact. In 1990, folksingers didn't shave their heads, wear nose rings, or sing about the feelings in their jeans, but DiFranco did. Her bracing, punky stance hit just as hard on her debut as it does now--perhaps even more so, due to its freshness and DiFranco's uncompromising solo acoustic attack. These songs, all delivered with an absorbing passion and a palpable conviction, are the bedrock of her soaring career. Some, like the fantastic and challenging "Both Hands," still pop up in concert. --Michael Ruby
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I had no reason to worry. This is an absolutely gorgeous album, worth it for anyone who likes Ani or anyone who is genuinely interested in the music of a young woman whose perfectly structured lyrics just about any female who is at least 16 can identify with. The entire album features only Ani and her guitar. The melodies are addictive and Ani's voice is pure and does not yet have the gruff and often sarcastic quality that it does now, and she sings very clearly, so the lyrics are easy to understand.
The lyrics.. Ani writes some of the best lyrics I have ever seen. This album is no exception, and has some of my very favorites. It has songs about love and its disappointments ("Both Hands", "Letting the Telephone Ring", "Fire Door", "Every Angle", "Work Your Way Out", "Rush Hour"), women in society ("The Story", "Dog Coffee", "Pale Purple", "Talk to Me Now"), abortion ("Lost Woman Song"), exhaustion ("Out of Habit"). Every song on the album is a gem, even though I don't identify with all of them.
So, now I have this along with Dilate, Little Plastic Castle, Puddle Dive, Living in Clip, Not a Pretty Girl, and To the Teeth. This album is my favorite of those.
Most recent customer reviews
Her first album is good. I only have listenedto two ani albums . Evolve and this one. Ani's first album is good and I am glad I gave it a chance.Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
I bought this album, after having Revelling/Reckoning and To the Teeth, two of her later albums. They are both rather funky and and beat driven, with a very defined style. Read morePublished on April 23 2002 by Andrew O'Connor
The music is ok, but god! I cant look at the picture of her on the cover! A girl with a shaved head? what the heck?? And all the babbling she does is annoying. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2002 by Patrick
this is one of those albums that if you get attached to it will never let go. even though i'm not an ani fan as ardently as i once was(still love her, but she no longer recieves... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2001 by Craig Bowers
A beautifuly developed first album. From the many lovable and different styles of Ani, I personaly love this one best. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001 by The END.
Ani DiFranco has in large part lost me over the years as she's continued to overlayer her songs with whatever styles and instruments she happens to be interested in the moment. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001 by Daniel Iwerks
This is no doubt my favorite Ani CD. Every song on it is so absolutely heartfelt, and with such amazing lyrics too- it's like Ani was born to make music. Read morePublished on July 15 2000
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