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Not So Soft

Ani Difranco Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Anticipate
2. Rockabye
3. She Says
4. Make Me Stay
5. On Every Corner
6. Small World
7. Not So Soft
8. Roll With It
9. Itch
10. Gratitude
11. The Whole Night
12. The Next Big Thing
13. Brief Bus Stop (Compact Disc Bonus Track)
14. Looking For The Holes

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Difranco,Ani ~ Not So Soft

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Actually Nice and Soft! (Smart too) June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ironically, given the title, this is one of Ani DiFranco's softest albums!
It's very good. Acoustic, simple and honest -- it predates some of her more passionate folk/rock, and tremendously predates her synthesized stuff.
Songs like ROCKABYE are gentle, soothing -- but of course, always intelligent! This one reminds us to that we all need to comfort ourselves sometimes.
GRATITUDE is an honest look at date rape -- that actually manages to be humorous. I know that seems impossible, but Ani can pull it off! I won't give away the joke -- it's too good the first time you hear it. I don't want to spoil.
This is one of those albums you'd say is 'one of the best out there' if it were made by someone else. But since it's Ani DiFranco, and she's made too many outstanding ones even to count -- it makes it tempting to say she can do even better. But you can't deny it's an absolute keeper!
So glad I have it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like Ani but sometimes it sounds like she is playing the same guitar riff through every song. I like how she sings about songs with meaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Gem Feb. 8 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that got me hooked on Ani Difranco so long ago. Every single song is an old friend to me now. After sitting in the mud in the pouring rain at Calgary Folk Festival in the early nineties and gaping at Ani's stunning performance, I scrambled to buy this CD from the table nearby. These songs ring with poetry, melody, harmony, and rhythm. This is an Ani Difranco classic. Any who don't appreciate it must, in my opinion, be crazy. At the time I thought..."Why haven't I heard of this woman?" Friends looked at me with pity when I asserted that she would one day be a household name...without selling out. To them I say HA...FOOLS....DOUBTERS...she's done it!
Favourites of mine include "Make Me Stay" for it's crackling self-esteem, "On Every Corner" for tackling AIDS at a time when others weren't, "Small World" for the long note near the end, "Not So Soft" because I can quote it verbatim (same inflection), "Roll With It" for its protest weight, "The Whole Night" for its bold sexuality, "The Next Big Thing" for the line 'my thing is already just the right size', and "Looking For the Holes" for its lyrics. Did I miss any? ah yes..."Anticipate" because Ani tore up her guitar one day, playing this song in Calgary, Canada in the pouring rain....and I found my favourite musician. Buy it.....it's vintage Ani.
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I am sure that that title will cause some distress with some. But the fact is that I still think it true. The song, my favotite, was ,unlike other anti-war songs, not against the US or the military women and men, but instead anti-congress and president. She states that when the big boys wanna throw their weight around who really gets hurt.
Also check out the Whole Night, Gratitude "I don't know what you and your sisters do" (great quote!), and Itch.
So yeah, For any of you that were at the East Lansing concert, I was the one who screamed out "ANI FOR PRESIDENT" right before she talked about what America would be like if she was president.
I love this album so buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ani at her best July 29 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first Ani album I ever got was Upx6, and I loved it, and wondered why many of her older fan's didn't, so I bought Not So Soft and listened to it. Now I know why, they've been spoiled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' fun July 22 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't think there's a single song on this CD that I don't like. There's the classic Anticipate, the moving She Says, the sweet Looking For the Holes, the giddy Whole Night, the playful Itch, the scathing Next Big Thing...you get every emotion you could ask for, all delivered with Ani's characteristically dead-on lyrics, mesmerizing singing, and awesome guitar work. This CD was the second one I ever bought (after Living In Clip) and it really cemented me as a diehard Ani fan. I highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars essential ani June 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
the acoustics on this album kick...no sellout here ladies and gents! she's the real deal, playing her heart out into music that reeks with humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am so in love with this CD! April 23 2000
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
I had no idea what was on this CD when I bought it, I just knew that I liked Ani and wanted some new music to listen to. I am SO happy I chose this one, because it's now one of my favorite CDs I own. I highly, highly recommend this to anyone who likes Ani DiFranco, particularly her more acoustic music. Listen to "Small World", it's my favorite :)
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