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First Album

Ani Difranco Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Ani DiFranco was a star from the get-go. It just took the world a little while to catch on to that fact. In 1990, folksingers didn't shave their heads, wear nose rings, or sing about the feelings in their jeans, but DiFranco did. Her bracing, punky stance hit just as hard on her debut as it does now--perhaps even more so, due to its freshness and DiFranco's uncompromising solo acoustic attack. These songs, all delivered with an absorbing passion and a palpable conviction, are the bedrock of her soaring career. Some, like the fantastic and challenging "Both Hands," still pop up in concert. --Michael Ruby

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ani's Roots June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was Ani DiFranco's debut album, and it shows exactly what later turned her into a cult-followed superstar.
This is Ani at her most basic. Very simple acoustic guitar. Very simple melodies. Only the lyrics are great.
This album happened before she became a passionate, in-your-face folk/rock artist. And long before she became a master in musical experimentation.
This album gives us a chance to see Ani in her simplest form. Singing the lyrics she loves in her most gentle voice.
Even back then, she wasn't afraid to mention her body parts, her political beliefs or her feelings, even when they're not picture-pretty. She was honest right from the start.
And though most fans will say "She gets better later" -- I think most of them still wouldn't want to part with this album.
It has a poetic, plain, urban quality that makes you remember that purple sunset in a crowded city, when you were holding hands with a guy you haven't seen in years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Her first album is good. I only have listenedto two ani albums . Evolve and this one. Ani's first album is good and I am glad I gave it a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first and the best Nov. 1 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I remember when you couldn't find Ani anywhere! My boyfriend had a mix tape with "Talk to Me Now" and "Out of Habit" included and I searched high and low to find her. My parents finally did after months of searching. They bought 3 of her CD's for me. This just happens to be my favorite. So raw and natural. She was only 19 I guess when she produced this CD and she was already so insightful. I remain impressed with Ani even though I no longer listen to her on a regular basis. She doesn't have much to say to me anymore, BUT, whenever I listen to this CD, I remember where I've come from and how far I've traveled since then. The two tracks I mentioned previously are the best on the CD. Her poem, "The Slant" is also excellent. How could she know all this at such an age? I miss Ani and her guitar... just the two of them piercing my heart with their sincerity and their fearlessness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be Leery April 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album, after having Revelling/Reckoning and To the Teeth, two of her later albums. They are both rather funky and and beat driven, with a very defined style.
I bought this album expecting the same, and was a bit dismayed when I found out that it was all her and her acoustic guitar. It took me some time to get used to it, but once I did, (after some time) I enjoyed it quite a lot.
It may be harder for some listeners, so be careful when buying it. If you have trouble getting into it, listen to Both Hands, Work Your Way Out, Rush Hour, Fire Door and The Story. They are more accessible to listen to than the rest.
If you do buy it, I hope you enjoy it and come to like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't stop playing Nov. 28 2001
Format:Audio CD
this is one of those albums that if you get attached to it will never let go. even though i'm not an ani fan as ardently as i once was(still love her, but she no longer recieves my nightly prayers) i can still stick this cd in the machine and sit back and enjoy the wonderful song. one of the few truly "folk" albums that i love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Album Sept. 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
A beautifuly developed first album. From the many lovable and different styles of Ani, I personaly love this one best. It's just her and her guitar, which is amazing because she still has the ability to rock out and rant away calmly, and we too, love Ani's poignant and expressive, true lyrics. Ani was in her youth when she produced this self-titled debut album and sold it from the trunk of her hand-painted car, which is what makes this Ani album much sweeter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure songwriting genius Jan. 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ani DiFranco has in large part lost me over the years as she's continued to overlayer her songs with whatever styles and instruments she happens to be interested in the moment. I do admire her ability to change and progress, but I'm just not particularly interested by it.
What I'd like to see from Ani Difranco is what she gave the world on her self-titled debut CD, which is her showing off her considerable talents as a songwriter. These are beautiful, wonderful songs, showcased by just her and her guitar. "Fire Door", "Work Your Way Out", "Rush Hour"--lots of gems here. It's open, elegant, and searingly honest, and it's free of the clutter of her most recent recordings.
An absolutely essential acoustic classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only two words can descripbe this album Sept. 23 2000
Format:Audio CD
O.K., terrific.
yes, i am a boy; and yes, i love ani.
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