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|1. Promised Land|
|2. In The Way|
|5. O My My|
|9. Here For Now|
|10. Second Intermission|
|12. Welcome To:|
Promised Land -+ In the Way -+ Icarus -+ Slide -+ O My My -+ Evolve -+ Shrug -+ Phase Here for Now -+ Second Intermission -+ Serpentine -+ Welcome To
Some 15 years and nearly as many albums into her career, Ani DiFranco--the original girl-power prophet and folkie punk--is still as willful as ever. Her lyrics remain poetic, polemical, and yes, occasionally maudlin; her musical explorations sound more like refinement than radical revision, but it's clear that she's still, well, evolving. Always a strikingly gifted and expressive singer and guitarist who employs her voice and guitar as both rhythmic and melodic instruments, DiFranco builds this set of songs on those basics but draws generously from the wide range of styles she's sampled since her stripped-down early days. A slinky Latin guitar line snakes through "Promised Land," gutsy New Orleans brass adds swagger to "In the Way," and jazzy keys, cool clarinets, and mournful muted trumpets lend color and tone to nearly every cut. Hooks are scarce in the disc's mushy middle, but the lush, horn-laden groove of "Here for Now" recaptures the momentum, and DiFranco even drops a signature 10-minute epic in "Serpentine." Like Evolve itself, "Serpentine" is sprawling, funny, angry, compelling, and entirely unafraid. --Anders Smith Lindall
Ani Difranco is a strong woman with an even stronger voice. This CD was my first Ani CD and I'm an Ani fan now. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by "mrbodacious"
This album has really grown on me. The first time I listened to it, I wasn't tremendously impressed, but after I really focused on it, I realized just how incredible it is. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Olivia B.
I think that this album is wonderful. Although, I do think that To The Teeth is still my favorite. She adds a little bit of jazz and a little bit of funk. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by "yellowconverse86"
OK So I wanted to like Ani, but my first listen to this album made me want to give her a prozac and tell her life will be ok. She sounds to angry and can't sing. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
It was my first Ani Album, and (to me) the sound I love the best among the rest. It's more jazz then the other albums, and that's the way I like it. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Isabella Chen
Indeed, Ani DiFranco is evolving. But, she's not done yet. "Evolve" proves that she continues to strive further as an artist and as a poet. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by David Anderson
'Evolve' is an a propos title for this release. This finds Ani with various tempos and flavors, but her gorgeous simplicity and songwriting perfection are still there! Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003
I initially wrote a tepid review. I take it back. This is not tepid, but mixed. It's like going back to an old lover and finding that their body doesn't fit you quite the same... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003