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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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Difranco,Ani ~ Puddle Dive

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ani's Classics June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
Right from the opening track -- her voice hits hard vibrato that you ... didn't know was humanly possible -- and the acoustic guitar is so fierce it makes your fingers hurt, just listening. And that's just the first track!
Later, you'll get to hear the deceptively sexy love song (always with her unusually phrased lyrics) called ANYDAY and the very passionate WILLING TO FIGHT.
Not an album to be missed, if you love Ani DiFranco. I remember a period of time when it seemed to be her most popular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A late purchase in my Ani collection Dec 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
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.
After her recent change of style (from 6up on) I was looking for more of that familiar "out of range" sound.... THIS WAS IT! Not quite as razor-edged as Dilate, not as simple as her self-titled debut, this album was like digging into the memories of that first year back in High school I spent absorbing all things Ani.
A few hits, a few minor misses, and as always, her prophetic, insightful lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ani difranco Dec 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this album like all of her others is awesome..:)..
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS REVIEW Dec 29 2001
Format:Audio CD
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 with her, start here. This CD has something for everyone, the tunes have an upbeat and catchy rhythm and great lyrics. Even if you don't buy another Cd from her, you won't be able to turn down this. The bottom line is it's good music. It's not (as) violent as some of her stuff, but if you're an avid fan you'll still find the old spirit in there too. Still edgy on buying it? Here's some advice from a girl who owns all Ani's music; take a leap of faith and buy it already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars formerly gushing fan Nov. 20 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 The best Ani ever Oct. 12 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. It goes on my top 5 albums of my lifetime, I highly recommend this to anyone who is ready to experience, a cool, strong women, who can really belt it out, and play guitar like you can't believe. This album started me on my Ani craze, 5 years ago, and my insanity keeps going strong! Buy this CD!!!!
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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 What a Blast! Dec 31 2000
Format:Audio CD
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. If you have this one, you've got yourself a keeper.
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