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  • Audio CD (Dec 12 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Festival Distribution Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000058MS
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untouchable Face
2. Outta Me, Onto You
3. Superhero
4. Dilate
5. Amazing Grace
6. Napoleon
7. Shameless
8. Done Wrong
9. Going Down
10. Adam And Eve
11. Joyful Girl

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Following up two of her strongest records, Not a Pretty Girl and Out of Range, Dilate takes a different tack. It's quieter and more lush than previous efforts but just as intensely personal, with songs like "Untouchable Face" that are easier to identify with than many other DiFranco tunes. At the same time, DiFranco's old fans might not recognize the sound here, especially on tracks like the trip-hop-influenced "Amazing Grace," the shuffling "Napoleon," or the indescribable "Shameless"--this isn't the same thrash-folkie of old. There's a lot to like on Dilate, especially if you're a fan of Portishead or Lisa Germano, but it takes some getting used to. After spending time with the album, you may find it as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans, but you also might find out that the jeans never really fit quite right. --Randy Silver

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Some people were annoyed, if I remember right, when Ani DiFranco made this album -- much more brooding and with a lot more backup band than her others.
To them, I said: "She already made like a gazillion albums in her other style! She recorded more songs already than most artists ever will. How long was she supposed to keep going before trying something new?" I figure she has to either reinvent herself or get bored, and I think she made the right choice
I think this album is a TRIUMPH. It's mopey, honest, and absolutely heartfelt. Her lyrics are just as smart as ever.
SUPERHERO is a fantastic song about how when we fall in love, we all become ridiculous cliches ... no matter how 'above it' we thought we were before.
ADAM AND EVE is a powerful, brooding feminist statement about men who "leave you in the morning".
OUT OF ME, ONTO YOU is more or less ... a curse on someone you hate.
I think DILATE is a gem, and every Ani fan should take it back out again and listen to it with fresh ears.
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I'm not a die-hard Ani fan (an "Ani girl living in an Ani world"), like a lot of my friends are, but I do like her music a lot. This is my favorite Ani album, and although I haven't heard all of her material, I do think that this album is incredible, even better than her grittier "Not a Pretty Girl." These songs are electric and emotionally charged, full of a certain amount of angst (it is the work of Ani, after all, who seems to convey a certain amount of jadedness in her music), but it is graceful angst. Some of these songs are absolutely mind-ravelling in their intensity and grace (for example, "Untouchable Face," "Superhero," "Dilate," "Napoleon," and "Adam and Eve," which are my favorite songs on the album). I'm not too convinced by her cover of "Amazing Grace" (but this may be because I'm not terribly fond of the song itself), but this is the only song on the album that I skip over. All of the tracks are a celebration of womanhood, in a style that is so distinctly Ani's. I can't stand it when some ignorant individuals call her a "man-hater," for she is not (she did marry one, after all!). She sings powerfully about relationships (and the subject of failed relationships seems to be her specialty), with unflinching candor. Integrity is one of her greatest musical virtues, and she seems to bare her soul unabashedly in her songs. Many people feel uncomfortable about a singer whose material is as personal as Ani's, but I find it really refreshing when a singer is capable of speaking so frankly about their personal experiences. And with Ani, it almost seems like you know her personally when you listen to her emotional confessions, and most women can definitely identify with a lot of the situations she depicts.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
As an Ani Defranco virgin up until last year I must say my first experience with her music was this CD. From "Untouchable Face" through "Joyful Girl" I was hooked. Not just on the Dilate, but on Ani's style of music period.
For those of you not acquainted with her music, her sound is a unique one. Her distinct vocals are blended with an urban alternative melody that addresses topics such as governmental corruption, abortion, personal betrayal and censorship. She is one of the last singers to hold out from the censorship of money and fame and sing what she actually feels. She is a call-'em-like-she-sees-'em kinda gal, who doesn't care who she pisses of in the process. Her music is sometimes mellow, sometimes harsh, but always ingenious. Her lyrics are to the point and hit home on highly controversial issues that affect all people. Her songs have more structured melodies that sometimes sound like free-form poetry.
One of my personally favorites is her rendition of "Amazing Grace." This new sound fits her style well. The mixture of the old hymn with a harsh base and sinister background voice puts a new twist on the song we know so well. It is amazing how Ani is able to transform a song from an uplifting spiritual to an ominous tune.
Probably one of the main reason I like Ani is because I can, on some level, always relate to what she is singing about. He lyrics are heartfelt and life lived. "Napoleon" is one of these songs that address an issue she has personally experienced and it conveys her personal beliefs. The subject of the song is a singer who she was friends with when she first got into the music business.
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ani's music, if looked at closely, often times reveals the opposite of what the presumed message is. that is what makes ani so misunderstood and complex. 'dilate' is an emotional masterpiece revealing a side of ani that had previously been overlooked. the opening track, 'untouchable face', perhaps a better example than any other song on the record, shows that what is said isn't always what is literally meant. when ani says... and your untouchable face" she's really proclaiming an intense love for that individual. its not a write-off, but a plea for another's love. ani's ability to play with words so gracefully is not only genius, but is also so important in todays seemingly dry reserve of good lyricists. "dilate" is another beautifully structured song, lyrically and musically. her vulnerability is lamented on again, but like always, with a strong sense of self hidden beneath. "Joyful Girl" is a favorite, in that it properly sums up the album's attitude and intent. give it a good, long, intense listen. as always, ani proves to be one of the greats, and 'dilate' is right on top of the list.
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