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Educated Guess

Ani Difranco Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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1. Platforms
2. Swim
3. Educated Guess
4. Origami
5. Bliss Like This
6. True Story Of What Was
7. Bodily
8. You Each Time
9. Animal
10. Grand Canyon
11. Company
12. Rain Check
13. Akimbo
14. Bubble

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In form, this is the disc DiFranco fans have wanted for years: a return to her naked roots of words and guitar, entirely played, sung, and taped to eight-track by Ani herself. But in important ways, Educated Guess suggests there is no going back. Even alone, the lessons of DiFranco's adventurous decade with a band are apparent. Taking a wide-open approach to arrangements, structure, and sound, she piles up tracks of bell-clear, percussive guitar, then does the same with her vocals, the gymnastic phrases echoing, reflecting, and doubling back on themselves. This is DiFranco undiluted, her melodies pulled by rhythmic innovation, alliterative snippets of spoken word woven between jazz-inflected folk songs, lyrics tracing tangled webs of lovers, nations, and various versions of herself. Not surprisingly, it's excessive, but her legions say that's the price of letting ragged passion just hang out. --Anders Smith Lindall

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! June 13 2012
By C. Preston TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ani DiFranco is nothing short of an original artist...she plays to her own rhythms...constructs what I like to call abstrakt music...sometimes having a choppy nature...but always appealing for the listener. Her lyrical ability to write compelling songs is without question. Check this one out...some out of this world guitar work as always!

The Songs I'm Reviewing Are:

1.Platform: Cool spoken word piece

2.Swim: Loved the guitar work!

3.Origami: Great guitar work & even better lyrical writing...she does kick a jolt of reality into her listeners! Love it!

4.Bliss Like This: My favorite on guitar work....cool vocal intro....nice little ditty with cool rhythmical melody!

5.The Story Of What Was: Another spoken word piece...love how poetic she makes it sound!

6.Bodily: My favorite song on the CD in all regards...instrumental, vocal & writing...oh yes, that writing....wow..best sounding 12 string guitar song on CD!

7.You Each Time: Cool.....not one of my favorites but still noteworthy.

8.Animal: This song is okay to me...lyrics are great!

9.Grand Canyon:Another spoken word piece; politically motivated opinion piece. Really remarkable!

10.Company: This is another of my favorite songs on the CD. Just a 10++++++....check out the guitar work! Wow!

11.Raincheck: More uplifting song in tempo construction; nice tune!

12.Akimbo: Another spoken piece...interesting lyrical writing....nice instrumental with a bit of humming & strumming! Had
the feel that it belonged in some foreign land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An 'Educated Guess' Says You'll Like It Too... June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This latest release from Ani Difranco, a venerable veteran of folk music at age 33, is an interesting work of art, to say the very least.
The set, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally (it also peaked at #37 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart and fell to #5 on the Independent chart in its 2nd week), swaps professional-sounding studio production of last year's "Evolve" for the raw simplicity of the her eight-track tape recorder. While her least fine-tuned record perhaps ever in her career, the result is the kind of intimacy comparable to seeing her live from the front row at one of her excellent shows. Even though her voice and guitar will pour out of your speakers, she may as well be performing in your closet.
After the 16-second intro of "Platforms" follows "Swim," a lyrically dense track about escaping an oppressive relationship; doubtless a reference to her now ex-husband who she once jokingly referred to as "Goat Boy". Because of the rawness of the album, her voice has the most imperfect pitch of any of her studio recordings, and in some songs her voice takes on a particularly cartoonish characteristic. A perfect case in point is the nevertheless extremely catchy "Bliss Like This". Soon, however, the uniqueness of her vocals and the kind of guitar-strumming that takes years of practice will win listeners over.
In "Grand Canyon," Difranco dishes her feelings of love for her country, a place where she's seen "stewardesses whose hands look much older than their faces" and where "our foremothers and forefathers came singing through slaughter, came through hell and high water, so that we could stand here".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ani is beyond you June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
People who don't understand a cd should not comment on it. Anybody who thinks the lyrics are dumb is not a fan of music. She is on her game as always. This must mean you can't hear what she is saying. So open your ears and stop cryiny about her being Sad. Music doesn't have to be pretty and happy to be enjoyed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a pretty album... April 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album despite the negative reviews that I have been reading over and over again. YIKES.
WHAT can I say about this album? I don't even feel that it should have been pressed, to be honest. The voice layering makes Ani sound out of tune and the music has no real melody. Also, I can't even tell the difference between one song and another. I must say that my liking for Ani has declined steadily since up up up up. It is not exciting. I could have made up better tunes while singing in the shower......Maybe she is smoking too much reefer and has a lack of judgment. Maybe a song sounds "really cool man" or she feels "really inspired" because her reality is altered. This perception only comes to mind because of the spanning dvd...I don't know. I simply think this album is aweful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars listen for yourself!!! April 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Many reviews of Ani's Educated Guess saddens me.
What matters most is whether the music, or song (even, part or a song), hold some significance to the listener.
"Career" and comparisons are ultimately unimportant, unless you are a, so called, music-historian, or worse, critic.
If money is THE ISSUE listen before you buy - preferably on a system which does music reproduction justice. For example, my uncle's system (Marantz SA14ver2 player & Marantz PM14mk2KI amp) Ani's albums sound very close to the bliss of her concerts.
Please, borrow the album from a friend or a library, and judge for yourself whether to purchase.
Personally, I am very fond of this album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars reaction to other review
I bought this cd for my wife, who has been a fan in the past, but less so as time has gone by. I guess Ani has developed in a direction which some people feel ambivalent about. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by David Weitz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Just grabbed this CD at the library...it was ok. Wouldn't buy it.
Published on April 5 2004 by "politicalnut"
2.0 out of 5 stars A random "Guess"
"Life knocked me off my platforms," indie rockster Ani DiFranco announces -- and it shows. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ani Album since To the Teeth
Let's be honest. Revelling/Reckoning and Evolve were disappointing efforts from Ani, and So Much Shouting/So Much Laughter was not quite up to par with Living in Clip. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Krucialkeys501
5.0 out of 5 stars stellar
ani is back in force. stellar, stripped down joy and angst
Published on March 14 2004 by dave
3.0 out of 5 stars where ani is going next?
The real question here is who Ani's career will resemble in fifty years. Will she end up like a Bob Dylan, with a long string of records, more than a few real bad periods, but an... Read more
Published on March 13 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The last Ani CD I bought was the Revelling/Reckoning pkg, which I picked up at her concert in Portland, ME (before it's realease date). Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Katrina
3.0 out of 5 stars Ani newcomer
As an Ani first timer.. I picked up this album based on the guitar melodies alone. But as I listened in... and as I did, I have really grown to enjoy this album. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by John B.
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