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Little Plastic Castle


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  • Audio CD (Dec 12 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Festival Distribution Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000058MY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Plastic Castle
2. Fuel
3. Gravel
4. As Is
5. Two Little Girls
6. Deep Dish
7. Loom
8. Pixie
9. Swan Dive
10. Glasshouse
11. Independence Day
12. Pulse

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Format: Audio CD
This was Ani DiFranco's first really synthesized, fancily-produced album. And it's a whole different world from the style she was known for before this. Listening to this is definitely like being introduced to a whole new artist. There are more electronics, more experimental song styles, and even her voice has changed a little -- it's a tad raspier.
The lyrics are still just as good -- but don't buy it expecting the old Ani ... you have to love it as something completely new.
And I DID love it!
The songs are made not more watery, but more powerful by the elaborate compositions. The topics capture so many sides of life -- from the pretty to the dark.
One song urges rude people to "just suck up and be nice".
Another song, whose entire atmosphere tells of a desperate hour proclaims, "If you think you know what I'm doing wrong, you're gonna have to get in line."
GRAVEL has a catchy, hardcore beat and really gets across the humor in having an ex that you just seem to keep taking back, no matter what he does.
And it all leads up to the climax -- the final song -- that is more of a hypnotic symphony than a song. It only has a few spoken words -- the rest it says in its swaying rhythm -- but it is absolutely powerful. An expected pinnacle.
The first song or two on the album are just warm-ups. Skip past them to really delve into the riches of this outstanding record.
This album is not to be missed by anyone who likes true-to-the-heart, poignant, powerful experimental music.
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By A Customer on May 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
To me this is a solid album from Ani... It's also my first one that I've bought/owned by Ani - got lucky and picked it up in a 2nd hand store (thought it's definitely worth full price)...
Musicwise, 'Two Little Girls' and 'Swan Dive' is my two favorite tracks, though I like them all at varying degrees of enjoyment... As well as I like that it doesn't sound exactly the same from... So after listening to this one, I'm looking forward to one day picking up "Not A Pretty Girl"... Plus, I'm very impressed that Ani performed at the "Women March for Choice" on March 20, 2004... - Savannah Skye...
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I own Not A Pretty Girl, Dilate, and this album by Ani Difranco. While I thouroughly enjoy the first two--Little Plastic Castle never pulled me in at all really. I've given it numerous listens and still I don't think it remotely compares to the other two albums I own by her. The only song that sticks out to me is "Gravel" and even that song I am having trouble recollecting exactly in my mind. I suggest the other two if you are a starting Ani fan. I must admit I'm surprised by the overwhelming popularity of this one.
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By Dance Dance Dance on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
wow, its nice to hear ani difranco with out hearing her and her guitar all the time. I can totally relate to the song fuel and 2 little girls so harsh, a little too real but that's ANI.
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By Dance Dance Dance on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
wow, its nice to hear ani difranco with out hearing her and her guitar all the time. I can totally relate to the song fuel and 2 little girls are sweet.
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Several years ago I was probably one of the biggest Ani Difranco fans to ever walked the earth. I was so anti-establishment and was just trying to be different for the sake of being different. Five years later, I have matured emotionally as well as musically. I'm still a big music snob, I just not the big Ani Difranco fan that I once was. I am much more interested in music that ranges from goth music to world music. Still I have kept a few of my favorite Ani Difranco cds. One of them is "Little Plastic Castle". It is quite the stylistic change from "Dilate" (which was my first Ani cd). There is more of a rhythmic groove to "Little Plastic Castle" and a little more melodic sensibility in the music especially on the title track about two lesbians. One thing I can really appreciate about Ani Difranco is that she really works the acoustic guitar. She doesn't have this flowery, feminine sensibility to her guitar playing like Jewel does. Another quality about Ani Difranco that I have always liked is her sense of humor. Unlike women like Holly Near and Cris Williams (gag me), Ani injects humor into her music and doesn't come off as some diehard humorless feminist. I think her goofy humor really shows in "Little Plastic Castle" but then she can do a 180 on the listener with the touching "Two Little Girls". I love all the songs on this cd as well as this entire cd. "Little Plastic Castle" is definitely my favorite Ani Difranco cd. All the songs flows well together which I can't really say about the other cds I own by Ani Difranco. "Little Plastic Castle" would be the ideal cd for beginners because the songs are more melodic and accessible (without selling out to Satan, er, Clear Channel) than on Ani's previous albums.
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By K. A D. Veer on Nov. 30 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album to share with anyone who is unfamiliar with Ani DiFranco. "Little Plastic Castle" is a very accessable album, with more uptempo-beats and less of her typical folk guitar, but it is still a great album to showcase who exactly Ani DiFranco is. It allows people to see that she is an artist who is truly unafraid to try new things, and explore territory no folk-rocker has gone before. Her dry humor is here in all it's glory, as is her political and social rage ("Fuel"), and relationship insight ("Two Little Girls"). Ani Difranco is truly the voice of a lost generation, who's extreamly surprising in her vocal power (she's about 5 ft 2 in with a kind smile always burrowed in her dreads). I believe this is my favorite album from her, though I'm really enjoying "Out of Range" right now. A must have.
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