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Evolve

Ani Difranco Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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1. Promised Land
2. In The Way
3. Icarus
4. Slide
5. O My My
6. Evolve
7. Shrug
8. Phase
9. Here For Now
10. Second Intermission
11. Serpentine
12. Welcome To:

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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

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Promised Land -+ In the Way -+ Icarus -+ Slide -+ O My My -+ Evolve -+ Shrug -+ Phase Here for Now -+ Second Intermission -+ Serpentine -+ Welcome To

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong CD July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. From the ongoing, emotional Serpentine to wonderful Evolve to Promised Land, this CD is worth your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Done June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
I am particulary fond of the track Serpentine, mainly because of it's intense political messages. Some people don't like Ani because she tends to be a bit angry, but I think that's one of the things that makes her great; it's certainly justified anger.
I love her guitar work, her voice, and her thought-provoking lyrics.
This album is my favorite of hers so far, next to Little Plastic Castle. It's certainly worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love Ani March 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. My favorite songs are evolve, O My My, In the Way, Promised land and Here For Now. In the 2 songs Evolve and Serpentine she adds her liberal political ideas which I always agree with. Here For Now,has a jazzy and latinish feel. O My My is mixed with jazz, folk and she also puts in a part that sounds like 1930-1940ish jazz or folk. In the Way has a funky and jazz feel. Alot of her songs she tries to do something different which makes her very interesting to listen to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars don't believe the hype Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Her band plays well though. I liked #5 though. I guess I would have to listen to it a few times before I fall for her. Either that or completely avoid her.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Evolving in the wrong direction Jan. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
DiFranco's career is in its teen years right now. Ever since her 1990s debut Ani has gathered a myriad of loyal followers and redefined the definition of coffee shop folk into a culture by itself. She offered great escapism from the Lilith Fair crowd and penned lyrics so witty and timely they are etched on the tombstone of the riot-grrl era. However, ever since "To The Teeth" her music has been waning in lyrical pizzaz and edgy folkness.
DiFranco has meandered into big-band jazziness and forgot about the feisty rock she does best. Her previous double album left the early DiFranco fan hungry for a better treat and considering Ani's impressive back catalogue, a mediocre album is forgiven. DiFranco, however, returns with the long-awaited "Evolve," but the wait is not worth it.
The album is packed with midtempo and smokey-bar tunes that meshed into one another for the lack of distinction. The exciting shrewd melodies of DiFranco are long gone and now it is merely a mixture of brown, kind of like when different colors seep into each other in a watercolor painting.
"Promised Land" is a bland and directionless ode, while "Icarus" is basically disappointing.
"In The Way" starts out promising and "Slide" is reminiscent of a less-inspired "Jukebox."
The title track has some Ani kitsch to it, while "Shrug" is a lazy song with extra distorted vocals.
"Here For Now" is the only complete song, with credible instrumentation, but toward the end it gets redundant. "Serpentine" is a 10-minute-plus trip continuing the Ani tradition of long numbers toward the end of recent albums, yet this song is more of a politically and socially aware record of current events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I defy you to define DiFranco Dec 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ani DiFranco continues to appear in the "pop-rock" section of all music stores, yet there is no way to qualify just exactly what her music is. She is a Renaissance person, not just a songwriter, guitar player or singer, she is a modern day speechwriter, an artist and a voice in our minds long after the music has been turned off. "Evolve" captures so many different styles that at times one is reminded of Frank Zappa as he moved from chrysalis to full blown butterfly. DiFranco is young yet, certainly by the standards of a real musician, as she is, and her savy quick ability to use her voice as a percussion instrument has only improved. "Serpentine" is perhpas one of the most breathtaking pieces on this album, simply for it's affect on our culture today. We need to listen carefully to this remarkable woman, as she sees the future and wants us to help her to make it better. Her music is amazing; "Evolve" is amazing, but it's not enough. The work must be done by all of us. I think that Ms DiFranco would agree. Start by owning this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound I've been looking for Dec 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. The Lyrics are absoultely amazing. It'll become one of those albums you'll never forget. The perfect chill out music. Go mix yourself a drink and enjoy :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolving Ani Oct. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. She adds more woodwind and brass instruments in most of her tracks, giving them a more experimental sound("Promised Land", "In the Way"). As always, her guitar sound is at her best. Her acoustic guitar and vocal songs are as intensely emotionally filled as her other tracks("Evolve"). Her folksy side is more distinuished in this album. Every lyric in "Evolve" is heavily heartfelt, allowing the listener to feel what she felt while she wrote them. With them, she proves that she's one of the best poets and musicians of modern day. Every Ani DiFranco fan will enjoy this album. She presents the true meaning of folk and rock music. This is Ani at her best. However, when isn't she at her best?
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