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Ani Difranco Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Need A Reality Check; Pop This CD In! June 12 2012
By C. Preston TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ani DiFranco is just a jewel in the rough as a musician. I love her dogged determinationn to be original, from releasing
her own CD's using her own label. Smart move so she can maintain her own sense of control over her own artistry. I can
never figure out why artists especially unknown don't just make & sell their own CD's rather than use the music industry
since they don't seem to be evolving much in finding or supporting unknown artists. I love how her songs feel like they
are crystal clear to the listener...I heard that she tapes her songs on an old tape machine..so maybe that's why they all
sound so intimately close! This musician doesn't need any "tricks" or diversions to express her songs, she's raw to the
core! Yeah for us!

1.Amazing Grace: This is one of my favorite versions of this song ever. It is original in it's structure which is hard
to do with such a widely known song. Ani does some really great strumming on this...nothing that overpowers the lyrics.
I love her interpretation of the lyrics and vocal performance. The drumming is so marvelous in this piece and I loved the
church bells in the song given it's obvious reference in where we would hear this song sung the most! The lady speaking
in this song is so cool...it gives you the feel of days gone by...like something you would have heard back in the 50's..using
the megaphone to give it the feel of how radio's sounded back then when people got alot of their news thru that media.
Her vocal is just so well done as it always is. To me this interpretation is a modern contemporary version of this
classic song. I love the percussion in it too that almost sounds like a lion roaring...maybe a washboard was used..not sure
but it sounds great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Ani gives me such a unique feeling.. March 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't know if it because I bought it at a certain period in my life or what, but I own about 7 of Ms. Difranco's CDs and every time I put THIS ONE in, I get this bad a$$ feeling, and it makes me wanna put on some black combat boots, and dye my hair purple, and get a tattoo, and get my nipples pierced, and get in my car and drive around smoking cigarettes, and flip off men,and spit out the window, and drive REAL FAST, and stop obeying stop signs, and get out of my car after I park it on the sidewalk in the park, and walk around with my top off, and when older women look at me funny I wanna say,"HEY, HEY YOU , OLD LADY, YEAH YOU, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT..HUH? ME- WHY, WHY YOU LOOKING AT ME, YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU LIKE-WANNA TAKE ME HOME OR SOMETHING..WELL, FORGET IT YOU'RE TOO OLD, YEAH THAT'S RIGHT....GRANNY!" But then I reflect on my thoughts and decide it would just be better to just drive around and smoke the cigarettes. This CD is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding, Blunt and Personal June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jerk with the heartache Nov. 12 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Intrigued by the cover, I bought this cd, coincidentally after getting dumped. Then while acustoming myself to the album, I got rejected incessently. My pain was captured perfectly by Ani's Dilate. Its now one of my favorite albums. So sad, so beautiful. It is the perfect crawling into a corner and crying album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On my "My Fifteen Favorite Albums Ever" list Sept. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
My favorite Ani songs are scattered across all her albums, so it was tough to pick one album as my favorite, but if forced I'd have to pick Dilate, not for having the most faves but the best total effect. In fact it contains neither of my absolute favorite Ani songs, Not A Pretty Girl and Little Plastic Castles. But this is Difranco at her aggressive folk best, lacking the later jazz and world music influences. Superhero and Napoleon stand out, but all the tracks are clever and moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DiFranco at Her Best July 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
Dilate is one of my favorite Ani DiFranco records. It was recorded during a time when Ani was dealing with some "heavy duty" issues. The lyrics are honest, smart and witty, and the music is extremely powerful and moving.
Dilate marks a time when Ani was experimenting with her sound. This is evidenced by the frequent use of electric guitars, drum machine tracks, and samples. The vocal tracks also sound very different than any other Difranco record. When I first heard the sound of the vocals I was immediately reminded of Suzanne Vega.
Playing this record very loudly from beginning to end, the listener will experience an explosion of emotion. Dilate is a beautiful record and a must have for any passionate music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, intense, emotional, soothing, and even cathartic
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by Ludmila
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Brilliant!
I can never get enough of Ani! This was the first CD I bought of hers. And ever since that, I've been hooked! I love her music, lyrics and everything about her! Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by "enchanted_silence"
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani pleases old and new fans
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Dilate/Delight
I am not a fan of Ani DiFranco. I had read a lot about her and was curious to listen to some of her things. I decided to start with Dilate and... well... she got me! Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is Ani DiFranco at her best. She mixes her bittersweet lyrics well with her acoustic-bluesy music, creating a very authentic and relatable atmosphere. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2002 by K. A D. Veer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not qualified to write an Ani review...
...but this particular Ani CD is one of my favorites. Several of these songs have helped me through some recent rough times, in particular the lyrics for Dilate:
so i'll walk... Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by S. Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best So Far
This album is by far the most powerful, msot incredible album Ms. DiFranco has written to date. Of all her albums, this one contains more raw emotion per minute. Read more
Published on May 14 2002 by Jamie Savino
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani You Rock My World!
I met Ani once, years ago when she played at the Ithaca Theater, in Ithaca, NY. She wasn't so commercially known then. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002 by h
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