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Like I Said [Best of]

Ani Difranco Audio CD
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1. Anticipate
2. Rockabye
3. Not So Soft
4. Roll With It
5. Work Your Way Out
6. Fire Door
7. Gratitude
8. The Whole Night
9. Both Hands
10. She Says
11. Rush Hour
12. Out Of Habit
13. Lost Woman Song
14. Talk To Me Now
15. The Slant

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Difranco,Ani ~ Like I Said

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classics by an esteemed artist. June 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ani Difranco is now the patron saint of artist who make it on their own. Through her copious energy and sheer strength of will, she has become a popular icon, a heroine and an inspiration to many.
But her success was not always assured. Back before the magazine covers, the duets with Prince, the sold-out shows and screaming fans, she was a struggling young artist with little chance of making it in the music industry. These songs are from that time period. And although not as polished or experimentally mixed as her later material, these songs show a raw passion in a young musician who wants, not to be liked, but to be respected. And over a decade later, the album still feels fresh and powerful.
Songs like "Anticipate", "Rush Hour", and "The Slant" show how she is able to experiment musically, using her voice and guitar in new ways to express strong emotions. Her abilites as a singer/songwriter/poet were firmly established by such lyrical works of art as "Not So Soft" and "Out of Habit". And lest anyone confuse her for a fluffy bit of entertainment, her bold political stances are made clear in "Gratitude", "Work Your Way Out", and nearly every other song to one degree or another.
Ani Difranco's later albums range from polished masterpieces to tired and mellow collections. She is now all grown up, married, having bucked the system and created her own. It's inspiring to see an artist change and grow and mellow, and yet never give up her principles. But sometimes it's exciting to peek back to the days when she had to work for every fan, when each tiny college concert meant one more day of having enough money to eat. These songs are from that time, and they're a joy to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great place for you to start... March 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
ani difranco is still one of america's most underrated and important artists alive today. ms.difranco happens to be one of the few artists i know who is indeed a self-made pop star. here is one of lesser known albums which i sat down to digest recently and i'm glad to say it's a new member of my cd family. like i said just happens to be a great place to start for all those interested in ani whereas five years ago i probably would've told you to try not a pretty girl or dilate perhaps. this cd is basically a compilation of her first two albums and i've read or been told that these are actually remixes of the originals though i'm not for certain. ms.difranco has a lovely voice which doesn't sound forced but yet is undeniably powerful. on this cd, we find an intoxicating and stimulating hearing experience of spoken poetry over acoustic guitars alongside beautiful balads which stay in your head for nearly days. i'm singing both hands as i'm writing this review. be sure and check this one out real soon. happy listening.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ani is My Favorite Artist; My Mentor; but... Oct. 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
I haven't been listening to Ani for very long because I only recently heard of her when my friend finally made me go and see her live with no previous knowledge about her. Since then, I have gone through and bought each one of her major studio releases (tallying 11, I believe), and then started working my way through her EPs and then this one. However, I am disappointed to have to report that this album is not up to par. The album seems to me like a mockery of the wonderful songs that I worship. You see, the two albums that these songs came off were accoustic and completely performed by Ani, while this one is a re-do of some of those songs with a backing band. However, the backing band in most of the songs isn't necessary, and it was as if she felt a need to have one, so she assigned the members random jobs. For instance, on "Out of Habit", one of her best songs, she adds in this funny little conga-like drum to add a beat to a song that doesn't need one. I think she should've left her songs the way they were, because they were perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what i'm saying May 22 2000
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
Ani Difranco is a fabulous musician. I've only been listening to her music for about two years but she has become my favorite artist. Before, I tended to focus mainly on male dominated bands. I started out listening to Ani's latest cds and I've been working my way back. "Like I Said" was my last purchase and I love it. 'Both Hands' is one of my favorite songs of all time. It's a simple song musically (so simple that even I can play it on the guitar) but the lyrics and the feeling behind the music is incredibly moving to me. "Like I Said" is a cd overflowing with emotion. Some of the songs I like best on the cd are 'Gratitude', 'Fire Door', 'She Says', and 'Out of Habit'. The main reason I like her music so much is because I have been able to identify with so many of her songs. She has put into words many of the things I've wanted to say but couldn't. People tend to think that female singer/songwriters are whiny and redundant but Ani is anything but. Her music is honest and compelling and I highly recommend this cd along with any of her others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Rush Feb. 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
hmmm... trying to paraphrase/describe this CD is difficult as it is difficult to put into words a CD so beautiful, so profound... "wish that i could write the words that i could say to you." (that's from one of my songs.) anyway, My absolute favorite Ani song is on this album. It is titled "Rush Hour" .. i love the dulcimers and the poetry. well, with any ani song you have the amazing mind blowing poetry. I get the impression that she was in her only serious relationship with a woman at the time she was writing the lyrics for the first album and not so soft (of which these songs are remakes of) and the stories she paints in these songs are exquisite. Let me tell you something, hearing Ani really changed my life. She helped me overcome my fear of my bisexuality... "She said forget what you had to do, pretend there's nothing outside this room. Like an idea she came to me. But she came too late, maybe too soon." hmmmm. One of the reasons why i like this album is because I think Ani has a tendency to write so much material that she feels she has to record everything she's written including her bad stuff or not so great stuff. (see dog coffee on the first album - ick.) but on this album, she managed to make her songs more succinct, sonically pleasurable, thicker, richer... it really rounded out all those amazing songs off her first two albums into songs that really mean something. I really recommend this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in its Purest Form!
Ani is unique in many ways from her music to her poetry. She defentally has opened my eyes to the world that we live in. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anyone else
This was the first Ani CD I purchased and will always be special. It takes songs from her first 2 CD's and there isn't a bad one on here. Read more
Published on March 1 2002 by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars cut [it out]
ani's best songwriting cropped up in the late 80s and early 90s, culminating with "like i said". it's too bad her fan base has gone teenybopper now (a bunch of 14-year-old... Read more
Published on July 7 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars One Strong Woman!
This was the first Ani CD that I ever purchased...I actually had to buy another b/c I wore out the original. This is an awesome collection of Ani!
Published on May 28 2001 by Amykd21
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani's Masterpiece
I have several of Ani's cds but i don't think any of them manage to capture all the elements of who she is (musically, poetically etc) as well as Like I Said. Read more
Published on March 2 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars the best artist ever
Ani Difranco is the best artists ever i've been following her music since 89-90 and it s just mindblowng. i've neer heard an artist like her in all my life. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2000 by Matthew Stailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This album was a delight on first listening, and my adoration for it grows with every time I play the cd. "Both Hands" is especially moving. Read more
Published on Dec 27 1999 by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars i really enjoyed this CD.
I really enjoyed all the songs on the CD and think that even as I listen to it for the hundreth time i find it amazing.
Published on Aug. 4 1999
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