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.