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Swing Set (5 Tracks) [Single]

Ani Difranco Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1. Swing (Radio Set)
2. Swing (Album Version)
3. To The Teeth (Shoot-Out Remix)
4. Do Re Me
5. When I'm Gone
6. Hurricane

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Although ostensibly an EP centering around the song "Swing," starring Maceo Parker from last year's To The Teeth, this Ani DiFranco collection of musical bits and pieces has a thematic consistency, as well as several great covers, which make it interesting. After the song "Swing" itself, here presented in both its original version as well as a funked-up, abbreviated "radio set," a radical take on To The Teeth's title track adds a lithe beat and an active bass line to her blunt attack on America's gun culture. After that, there are three socially aware covers, from Woody Guthrie's testy "Do Re Me" to Phil Ochs's plaintive "When I'm Gone" and the Bob Dylan classic, "Hurricane." DiFranco continues to find new ways to express old ideas, as she uses the slight hoarseness that's crept into her voice in recent years to lend gravity to her interpretations, accompanied by her effortless virtuosity on her ever-present acoustic guitar. The EP ends up sounding not at all like an afterthought, but like crucial listening for any fan of DiFranco's more politically oriented material. --Matthew Cooke

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Difranco,Ani ~ Swing Set Ep

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better buy a new CD player May 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Cause you're going wear your old one out, especially the repeat button. When I'm Gone is *the best* remake of the song I have ever heard. Hurricane is another great update of the classic Dylan version, and the remix of To The Teeth is better than the origional (hard to believe suc ha thing could ever be said about a remix, huh?). A must have for any DiFranco fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CORRECTION !!! Oct. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
....I especially love the track "While I'm Here" and don't wish any one to be misled into not buying an album they could potentially love based on a false review. Thanks for reading this. Sorry about the mix-up.
- Elena
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mainstream-capable Ani Sept. 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure nobody would argue that Ani is at her best live, but being in the studio she sure manages to produce some great works. This is a fantastic EP that has some songs that definitely have mainstream appeal on it. Nevertheless, a good listen/buy for a hardcore Ani fan, too. If it had a few more songs on the same level as Swing, it could have been a large mainstream success. In any case, great compared to the rest of what's out there, even if Ani has done and will do better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A complete and utter waste of time.... Nov. 28 2000
Format:Audio CD
One of my friends really likes Ani DiFranco and recommended I listen to her. I bought this CD thinking it would be a good introduction to her music. What a complete waste of time listening to this CD was. I feel like I just had an hour of my life sucked into a bottomless pit from which I can never retrieve it. This pitiful excuse is for an album better be the worst of Ani's music otherwise she is certainly a pitiful excuse for a musician. Truly, not since Marilyn Manson have I heard a cacophany of noise so utterly vulgar, distasteful, meaningless and musicless. It seems to me that Ani may have once been a great musician but now she is just cashing in on her name and betraying her fans. What a sellout. I'm extremely disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sWay you'll be there. Nov. 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ani DiFranco's second e.p. [following "More Joy, Less Shame" in 1996], is "Swing Set", a 7-track collection of previously unavailable songs that don't fit on actual albums or some reason or another. "Swing" is presented in two versions. One is the album version in it's complete six minute plus ten second glory, the other the just under four minute, cutting the original's rap. Also included are cover's, a live "Do re me" [originally by Woody Gutherie] with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Bo Ramsey; and "Hurricane", once considered for Denzel Washington's "The Hurricane"'s soundtrack but later left off in favour of the original Bob Dylan. "To the Teeth" is completely redone in it's "Shoot-Out Remix". It's effective nonetheless. There is also "When I'm Gone", from the film, "Steal this movie!". It is very quiet and is probably the only of the non-album tracks that could've fit comfortably on the album.
In total, it's for those who have at least heard "To the Teeth", the album, as most of it is in that style. It's a funky thirty-minute-plus ride for those who think Ani's new incarnation is refreshing which, as you should know, always are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Groove Comes Round Oct. 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
Serving as an excellent bridge between last year's *To The Teeth* and even newer material recently debuted at concerts, Ani DiFranco's *Swing Set* features both funk and folk and evenly mixes the two on the bookend tracks of this sharply designed EP.
The first song is a tightened radio edit version of the groove-laced "Swing," and it is followed by the album cut. Both display a new sonic vocabulary that Ani built while on tour with jazz/funk legend Maceo Parker last summer. "Swing" is totally unlike any other Ani DiFranco song published to date, but it doesn't grate against its context the way some of her other somewhat experimental tacks have. The third track is a total reinvention of "To The Teeth"; it features the same chordal structure but changes nearly everything else. Cleverly using the gunfire of what might have been an old cartoon as its percussion track and resampled horns from the original for ornamentation, "To The Teeth" provides a totally fresh look at Ani's emotional plea for gun control.
The latter half of the *Swing* EP features some superb cover recordings, something DiFranco's catalogue has severely lacked thus far. First is Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Mi," recorded on tour with folkers extraordinaire Greg Brown and Gillian Welch. The harmony that these performers and their side-men add to Ani's melody is welcome and warranted, while the inclusion of other experienced guitarists on a DiFranco track is a treat. Phil Och's "When I'm Gone" provides stark contrast, a slow and thoughtful acoustic construction featuring only Ani and her own acoustic guitar. As Ani herself has pointed out, 'silences have their own things to say,' and she says plenty here with the moments of calm left in the wake of sweet guitar reverb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ani Rocks! Oct. 5 2000
Format:Audio CD
Anytime you see Ani Difranco you know that it is going to be awesome. I love it when she redoes a song by anyone. I personally loved the entire cd. I saw the movie "hurricane" and Ani's version of the song is better than the original. You have to always expect something different from Ani. She rocks. If you don't have any of her cd's I suggest that you buy one if not all of them. She is the the best performer I have ever seen live and listened to on cd.
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