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. These factors suggested that Ani Difranco was washed up. Not so on Educated Guess, her most intimate work in years. The song "Swim" gets things started with brutal honesty and asounding simpleness. The lyrics to "Animal" are perhaps her most metaphoric and brilliant yet. Meanwhile, the poem "Grand Canyon" puts her feminist view points in perspective, and make us realize that she doesn't hate American afterall; she just feels the nation need drastic changes. Furthermore, her attitude is less serious on this album. On "Origami" she proclaims "I am an all powerful amazon warrior, not just some snivelling girl." One might think this as a parody of her earlier work, but I see it as tongue cheek, Difranco poking fun at her own mystique. All in all, this album brings Ani's career full circle and while people may feel it pales in comparison to her masterpieces Out of Range, Not a Pretty Girl, and Dilate, she mixes all the elements that has made her such a phenomenom. The result is a profoundly interesting record.