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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 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 own all of ani's albums, and until recently, i didn't really like this album as a whole. I really dug "She Says" "Gratitude" "Roll With It" and "Brief Bus Stop" but couldn't really appreciate this album. But now when I listen to UpX6, all I can do is regret that I didn't appreciate this album when i got it. I still don't like the concert staple "Anticipate" but there is something so simple, so beautiful, and so rhythmic in these earlier Ani albums that seems to be missing in her newer work. These days I can't seem to let a day pass without listening to "Small World" a song that i once skipped. Amazing guitar work, beautiful poetry, absolute heartfelt emotion. Ani says that she loves what she does, and at the point in her career when this album was written, it is true. it's impossible not to see. these days though......i dunno. it seems a little tired and forced. I recommend this album if you're "looking for the holes" in your music collection
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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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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 Rockin' fun July 21 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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So many music artists today share one problem--they're not artists at all, only businessmen/women with a record deal. Not So Soft is an oasis in this sea of facades, shadows and veils. The lyrics are poetic and honest, the guitar played with more skill then I've heard on other Ani CDs, but most of all Ani gives us a breath of fresh air in a stale music scene. She speaks not only to women, but to anyone willing to look straight at the reality of life, love, and country. Definately worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ani ever!!!!!!!! June 21 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best Ani yet. The first time I listened to it, it became my favorite. Unlike most of her new stuff, this is totally folk and deals with issues that woman can use in life. This doesn't deal with Ani's love life wich set her on stage with most artists and made some people feel as if she "sold out" but instead is the old Ani that everyone loves.ANI ROCKS!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok
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.
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani at her best
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. Read more
Published on July 29 2000 by Steven Cochrane
4.0 out of 5 stars essential ani
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.
Published on June 30 2000 by "strifesore"
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so in love with this 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. Read more
Published on April 23 2000 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars not so soft
This was the first Ani CD that I ever heard, and I was hooked from the first song, "Anticipate. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2000 by Sierra
4.0 out of 5 stars Gweat!
Its GWEAT!! but its not her best!!! But its still amazing! If your an Ani fan, you have to have.
Published on April 23 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic which must be listened to....
This album is my personal favorite. While Ani is not as technically "on" as she is in her later albums, she sings and speaks more carefully, more precisely than in... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars This album makes me weep with pleasure and despair
As always Ani Difranco sings the words that I wish I knew how to express, and she does it well. She is an artist with both integrity and peseverence, both are qualities rarely... Read more
Published on Dec 25 1998
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