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Puddle Dive

Ani Difranco Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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1. Names And Dates And Times
2. Anyday
3. 4th Of July
4. Willing To Fight
5. Egos Like Hairdos
6. Back Around
7. Blood In The Boardroom
8. Born A Lion
9. My IQ
10. Used To You
11. Pick Yer Nose
12. God's Country

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Puddle Dive is something of a transition album for DiFranco: she's (gasp!) smiling on the cover, she's got accompaniment on nearly every track, her creed is clearly stated for the first time ("I sing sometimes like my life is at stake / 'Cause you're only as loud as the noises you make" [on "My IQ"]), and there are even some songs here that find joy, even if it's just for a moment ("Names and Dates and Times," "4th of July"). There's also, to a much greater extent than on previous albums, the frenetic guitar strum (accomplished with taped-on plastic fingernails) that is one of the hallmarks of DiFranco's maturing sound. It's the strum that complements DiFranco's stop-start, breathy vocals so well, and the combination of the two has always served to distinguish her from the hordes of folkies on the coffeehouse circuit (that is, if DiFranco's tattoos, piercings, and haircuts hadn't already done the trick). On Puddle Dive her maturing song craft (check out the bluesy "Back Around") and increasing consistency put her even further ahead of the pack. --Randy Silver

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5.0 out of 5 stars formerly gushing fan Nov. 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was happy to read some of the lower reviews here, some criticism to mix it up. Any old fan can just gush on about how AWESOME there fav artist is, and certainly Ani has more than her share of fanatical followers. I was one of them; now I've moved on to more vital artists.
Most real Ani fans agree that "Out of Range" is her best, most gutsy, accessible album; the best album to start with. But I like to champion "Puddle Dive", for the simple reason that it best shows off her skills as a songwriter. Listen to those lyrics-- they're about nothing! Tiny everyday insignificant moments-- getting a speeding ticket, snot, coffee, making a new friend. And yet that's the talent of a songwriter, to take those moments and make them universal and important, to fit them into the bigger picture. All these songs just seem to fit together for me, as much a real album as she's done. And its a great snapshot of her in transition. "Puddle Dive" still astonishes me at times.
I haven't bought or even listened to anything since "Castles"-- she's just too prolific, and there's so much other important music out there. But her first six+ albums, all the way up to "Pretty Girl", are incredible, important stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars *again ani surpasses my expectations...* Sept. 2 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
it's too bad i cant submit a six-star review because in my eyes, she definately deserves it. in this album, ani's music is more folky than pop but with the energy her contemporaries only wish they could possess. it's a definate must have for any fan who prefers ani's old style... because as far as i can tell, ani was doing just fine with herself and her lil guitar. song after song ani proves that she doesnt need an entire orchestra to get her beauty across. my personal favorites from this album would have to be god's country, pick yer nose, and fourth of july. i'm shocked at how few customer reviews of this album have been posted thus far in comparison to those for her other cds. i know many die-hard ani fans and i would have to agree with the majority of them when they declare puddle dive as the next best thing to ani's live performances. a must have for any fan... or any soon to be fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Trying To Act Tame.... June 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ok. I must admit it. I'm a fan! I can't even play it cool when it comes to Ani. She is just AMAZING! This is my favorite record simply because it shows MR Difranco at her very best. Bouncy and playful and yet also serious and emotional. Lines like..."Im not going to pretend that I dont pick my nose, thats just the way it is my friends thats just the way it goes..." will make you smile to yourself and maybe laugh. Her sheer honesty, quick wit and mellow guitar make this a perfect album for a sunday drive, or the perfect soundtrack for playing cards with friends on a warm summer nite... The track "My IQ" is a out and out poem but if you listen to the cadence and rhyme of the songs you will see that Ani is a gifted poet even when her poems are set to music. If you dig the sound of REM and the wit of Dar Williams (only I find Ani more witty) you will LOVE this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked Sept. 20 2000
By Jon
Format:Audio CD
On one of her most political albums, Ani dares to show her sense of humor. How can you not love that? And who else could write a great song about having your period in a boardroom? She's being silly, provocative, sentimental and brazen. I have to say that I don't normally pick a favorite song among artists that I listen to... it's just too hard. Even with Ani it's hard to pick just one song. But I think I can actually say that "Anyday" is my very most favorite Ani DiFranco song. It's beautiful and simple and honest. It's impossible not to fall in love with this song. Other standouts are "My IQ" which is probably my favorite poem that Ani has ever included on an album and "Used to You," the clever and humorous song that the title of the album is derived from,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a weak spot Aug. 6 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am a big Tori Amos fan to begin with, so when someone asked me if I liked Ani Difranco I said I have not heard her,so on my birth day I got a gift certifict and went to spend it, I bougt the first cd of ani I saw, And I was amazed. Ani is a lot like tori amos but without goffey whimsicl lyrics and a lot more pushy style. I like this cd more than most of her other later ones becuase of how strong the guitar part was. I also liked the way the songs very track to track, this is not one of those albums you skip around through when you listen you listen to the whole thing. One of the bes songs is number ten "used to you". Over all I would buy it if you are fan of tori and waiting for her next album (I heard 2001). another album by ani I would sugest is dilate!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How I adore Ani.. Aug. 28 2001
By Kate
Format:Audio CD
But she has better albums. This is a good album, but not necessarily a fabulous Ani album.. I can listen to whole Ani albums and not feel the urge to press the forward button, but this is not one of them. Certainly, it has wonderful tracks, particularly 'Anyday', '4th of July' and 'Pick yer Nose', but I must confess I find some of the tracks exceptionally irritating, particularly 'Names Dates and Time' (I don't know why, I find it grating!) and 'Blood in the Boardroom.' I am by no means a prude, but that strikes me as a particularly crude track and beyonds the realms of mere feminism.. She seems more like a joyful girl on this album, and while it is Ani and therefore marvellous, there are higher degrees of marvellous I am afraid!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ani's Classics
OK, so you bought NOT A PRETTY GIRL and went wild. Then you bought IMPERFECTLY and you still want more. So PUDDLE DIVE should be next on your list. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by bethtexas
1.0 out of 5 stars Her 2nd worst album A.K.A Kah-kah
This is almost the worst thing she has done. There isn't a single song that grabs and holds you. Only Blood in the Boardroom is even close to catchy. Read more
Published on July 8 2003 by "teeplo"
5.0 out of 5 stars A late purchase in my Ani collection
This was one of the later Ani albums I bought, starting with Out of Range, jumping to Little Plastic Castle (which was brand new at the time)and jumping around from there. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by Eric Skiff
5.0 out of 5 stars ani difranco
this album like all of her others is awesome..:)..
Published on Nov. 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS REVIEW
Is this your first Ani Difranco CD? It should be. Ani Difranco's styles range from slow rock blue to hard core punk to swing jazz; but if you're looking to start a collection... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2001 by "afallingstar88"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Ani ever
I had heard of Ani for years before I finally gave in and purchased a CD. I had thought I would not be into it. Dear God, as soon as I slipped this CD in, I fell in love with it. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast!
I usually write semi-long-winded reviews, but this one is open and shut. I love this c.d. It is just fun to listen to and even better to sing along to. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2000 by Maureen D. Doswell
3.0 out of 5 stars ANI IS A GODDESS, BUT THIS STILL GETS A 3
I found this to be Ani's most annoying album. I can listen to most for hours. I just don't like the instrumentals. though. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2000 by Christina Robbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani's Best
I love Ani Difranco. I think she's one of the best musicians out there. I own every one of her CDs, so I know what I'm talking about when I say that this is her best. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2000 by Josie
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