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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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1. Both Hands
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6. Lost Woman Song
7. Pale Purple
8. Rush Hour
9. Fire Door
10. The Story
11. Every Angle
12. Out Of Habit
13. Letting The Telephone Ring

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and beautiful May 26 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was cautious about getting this album because I was pretty new to Ani's stuff, just having Dilate and Little Plastic Castle before it. I loved those two albums, but had heard that this one is very different, and since it was her first album, I wondered if it would be as polished as her later ones.
I had no reason to worry. This is an absolutely gorgeous album, worth it for anyone who likes Ani or anyone who is genuinely interested in the music of a young woman whose perfectly structured lyrics just about any female who is at least 16 can identify with. The entire album features only Ani and her guitar. The melodies are addictive and Ani's voice is pure and does not yet have the gruff and often sarcastic quality that it does now, and she sings very clearly, so the lyrics are easy to understand.
The lyrics.. Ani writes some of the best lyrics I have ever seen. This album is no exception, and has some of my very favorites. It has songs about love and its disappointments ("Both Hands", "Letting the Telephone Ring", "Fire Door", "Every Angle", "Work Your Way Out", "Rush Hour"), women in society ("The Story", "Dog Coffee", "Pale Purple", "Talk to Me Now"), abortion ("Lost Woman Song"), exhaustion ("Out of Habit"). Every song on the album is a gem, even though I don't identify with all of them.
So, now I have this along with Dilate, Little Plastic Castle, Puddle Dive, Living in Clip, Not a Pretty Girl, and To the Teeth. This album is my favorite of those.
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Format:Audio CD
I received this CD from a friend as I was on the verge of beginning a new phase in my life (I had moved) and even now, two and a half years later I can recall, in vivid detail, the wonderment and the sense of freedom I felt when I listen to this CD. I have a fondness for this music that will break barriers of time and popular culture. I believe that when I am 90 years old I will be listening to "both hands" in my rocker, with my eyes closed and still seeing, as if in reality, the open stretch of road before me, the blue sky above me, and feel the wind in my hair, the sun warm on my face and most importantly...a peace and rest in my heart. Her music takes me to honest places in myself and says some of the most important things that most people can't find the words to express. I have thanked my friend for the gift of this CD so often that she went out and bought me Ani's double live CDs...maybe I should thank her again:-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ani's very best March 29 2000
By Nicole
Format:Audio CD
'Not a pretty girl' was my first Ani album, and it took awhile to grow on me, but not I own 10 of Ani's albums and I love every one. This album (her first) is definitely one of my favorites (along with '...Pretty girl', 'Dilate', and 'Imperfectly'). If you're looking to buy your first Ani album, I highly reccommend either this one or 'not a pretty girl'. "Rush hour", "fire door", and "out of habit" are my favorite tracks. No other contemporary songwriter comes close to matching Ani's amazing lyrics and melodies. She sings everything that you've ever wanted to say, but couldn't find the right words. I love Ani, she's amazing, I don't know where I'd be if I'd never stumbled across her music. Essential listening for any feminist, beautiful music that anyone can appreciate. She's awesome! If you like Ani, make sure you check out Sleater-Kinney, The Smiths, Tori Amos, and Elliot Smith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first and the best Nov. 1 2002
By A Customer
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 ok
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.
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Leery
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. Read more
Published on April 23 2002 by Andrew O'Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it negative 5 stars
The music is ok, but god! I cant look at the picture of her on the cover! A girl with a shaved head? what the heck?? And all the babbling she does is annoying. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't stop playing
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001 by Craig Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Album
A beautifuly developed first album. From the many lovable and different styles of Ani, I personaly love this one best. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2001 by The END.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure songwriting genius
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2001 by Daniel Iwerks
5.0 out of 5 stars Only two words can descripbe this album
O.K., terrific.
yes, i am a boy; and yes, i love ani.
Published on Sept. 23 2000 by Matthew E. Kopko
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani at her most beautiful
This is no doubt my favorite Ani CD. Every song on it is so absolutely heartfelt, and with such amazing lyrics too- it's like Ani was born to make music. Read more
Published on July 15 2000 by "no_anesthetic"
5.0 out of 5 stars the *one* to own
if you can only have one ani...just one....this is it...by far. All the classics are here, along with my own cliched favorite: both hands. Fire door...dilate....need i say more?
Published on June 30 2000 by "strifesore"
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