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Revelling/Reckoning


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  • Audio CD (Dec 12 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Festival Distribution Inc.
  • ASIN: B000059XKZ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ain't That the Way
2. O.K.
3. Garden of Simple
4. Tamburitza Lingua
5. Marrow
6. Heartbreak Even
7. Harvest
8. Kazoointoit
9. Whatall Is Nice
10. What How When Where Why Who
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Your Next Bold Move
2. This Box Contains...
3. Reckoning
4. So What
5. Prison Prism
6. Imagine That
7. Flood Waters
8. Grey
9. Subdivision
10. Old Old Song
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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As she has become both indie icon and industry force, Ani DiFranco has grown more unpredictable, savvy, and restless with every release. On this sumptuously packaged double set, DiFranco often pours her brutally personal and political images into summery, horn-based jazz arrangements--Maceo Parker even takes one gorgeously funky sax solo--and yet somehow still keeps the focus on her own minimalist guitar and vulnerable, emotionally strung-out voice. Her jittery, jazzy phrasing deconstructs the pleasure and poison of her lyrics, so that even vicious lines like "our culture is just a roughneck / teenage jerk / with a bottle of pills / and a bottle of booze" resonate beyond easy condemnation. This is a dark, brooding, but ultimately cathartic work of confessional art. On nearly every track, DiFranco pursues the kind of defenseless honesty and personal vision that few other performers today would dare. --Roy Kasten

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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By A Customer on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
what is it with these people reviewing ani's albums and bitching about ani's left-wing politics and how that makes the albums go from great to just good?!?!

other than her great song-writing ability and ultra-personal lyrics that strike a chord with listeners, what makes ani ani is her unapologetic criticisms of mainstream and conservative politics...... i dont think she'd appreciate knowing that some of her "fans" are apparently politically apathetic and complacent.... It's one thing if you don't agree with her politics, but the impression i get from these reviewers is that they'd rather live in a self-imposed bubble where they can view life through rose-colored glasses. if you want that go listen to avril lavigne or someone equally as vapid.

other than that though i am one of those people that prefers her earlier stuff. I dont think she pulls of this jazz/fusion direction she's taking, there aren't hooks to the songs and her lyrics just don't carry the same punch that they used to.
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This album contains everything that I love about Ani diFranco. And everything that infuriates me about her.
Let's start with the bad news: the unadulteralted rinky-dink left-wing whining is in full force here. "Your Next Bold Move" is SO full of potential, but it alternates thoughtful writing with drivel about the plague of Reagan and Bush or the left wing being broken or... god, I don't know, just a lot of political ranting that diFranco doesn't even try to dress up as art. And much later comes "Subdivision," which starts out "White people are so afraid of Black people that..." Gee, thanks. Tell me something I don't know...
But then -- bam! Interspersed with this self-indulgent political nonsense are some of the greatest lyrics my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing. "Garden of Simple" and "School Night" just blow me away; she must have sold her soul to come up with those metaphors. The "back" button on my car's CD player is now worn out because I repeat these two songs so frequently. And then there are so many other great images scattered throughout the rest of the album ("her Picasso face twisted..." is a favorite).
Ani, how could you sing a line like "you are a party and I am a school night," such a sweet, simple and PERFECT metaphor, and then give me drivel like white people are so cared of black people that white people have to live in subdivisions? AAARGH.
But still: you have to respect this woman. If I had nuts, I'd give my left one to be half the writer she is.
SO: GET THIS CD. Then master your own version, and treasure it forever. The really good stuff here should fit easily on one CD. And, oh, that one CD should have "School Night" and "Garden of Simple" twice each.
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By Nasser Alqatami on Jan. 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Coming of age during the plague of Reagan and Bush / Watching capitalism gun down democracy / It had this funny effect on me" exclaims Ani DiFranco on her new record.
"Reckoning/Revelling" is DiFranco's 15th album to date. This time around, DiFranco pleases her fans with an extra dosage by releasing a double album of completely new material.
DiFranco pioneered her way through the music world without the assistance of any big time music label. She did not follow the predictable route to success. Instead, DiFranco started her own indie label "Righteous Babe," and started releasing her own material on it.
Cut: 12 years later, DiFranco is signing up-and-coming bands on her label and selling out stadiums. She's earning a loyal growing fanbase and the critics' utmost respect.
When the bigwigs of the record industry came knocking, she gave them nothing but the middle finger. Not bad for a little folksinger who started out touring in coffee shops in her hometown of Buffalo, New York.
The righteous babe's debut album was a simple collection of queer feminist folk songs. Nothing more, nothing less: just DiFranco, her pick, her acoustic guitar and a mouthful of words to sing.
As she released more albums, she evolved into different genres of music, ranging from big band, to punk, to rap and now to funk. Adding more flavors to her palette did not disturb her politically aware lyrics.
When she was the giddy folkster, she sang about cultural no-no's and their superficiality in "Pick Yer Nose" singing: "How come I can pick my ears but not my nose?" Undoubtedly, DiFranco is not one to compromise her honesty for any reason whatsoever.
Being a DIY girl hasn't been easy, though. Radio stations overlooked her records and MTV denied her any air time.
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This album, in my opinion, is one of the best I've ever heard. Granted, there are a couple songs that I don't care for on it, but it's actually what got me hooked on Ani. This was the first album I heard of hers, and I was hooked immediately. As I've gone back and listened to her older works more and more,I've come to realize more and more all the different influences and musical bases she's emerged from, and as a result listening to this set of music has become even more of a joy than when I first heard it. Ani's always had a very definitive, revolutionary sound. She started out intensely folky and even with some country influences, and now is at a jazzier, more musically sophisticated phase in her musicianship. I've heard all these influences more and more on this album as a result of listening and studying her past works, and I think just now I've started to realize the gorgeous intricacies of the Revelling/Reckoning set. I understand that many fans of hers would feel rather alienated from this seemingly sharp turn of her musical style, but I think that her "change" is a change to be celebrated, not a source of alienation and insult to Ani as an artist. I don't understand how people can be so shocked that she made a surprising change of musical style; hasn't Ani ALWAYS been a person to push forward and not keep doing the same thing out of habit or out of fear of change? We see this not only in her lyrics and what she's saying, but how she's saying it and in her musical leanings. In conclusion, I feel that Revelling/Reckoning is a superb album set and shows the genius that we all know resides within its maker: Ani Difranco.
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