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Up Up Up Up Up

Ani Difranco Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
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1. 'Tis Of Thee
2. Virtue
3. Come Away From It
4. Jukebox
5. Angel Food
6. Angry Any More
7. Everest
8. Up Up Up Up Up Up
9. Know Now Then
10. Trickle Down
11. Hat Shaped Hat

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Whereas on Little Plastic Castle Ani DiFranco questioned her public image in song, here the fiercely independent singer/songwriter turns away from stardom's beckoning questions to further explore her emotional balance. "Angry Anymore" is a back-porch country song (with banjo and accordion) about coming to terms with a turbulent adolescence. "Everest" floats by as a reverie of spiritual rejuvenation. Most effective is "'Tis of Thee", which deals with racial injustice. The politics are oversimplified, but the melody is one of DiFranco's strongest. She even funks it up on the extended drum-machine-driven jam "Hat Shaped Hat". But while DiFranco enjoys playing around ("Know Now Then" features a "space phone" vocal), she's strongest when most contemplative, as the title track bears out. Backed by organ, piano, and guitar, she espouses this grand truth: "Half of learning how to play / Is learning what not to play." In her quietest moments DiFranco is living proof of simplicity's great power. --Rob O'Connor

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ANI DIFRANCO Up Up Up Up Up Up (Deleted original 1999 UK 11-track CD album including Tis Of Thee Virtue & Come Away From It picture sleeve COOKCD17)

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1.0 out of 5 stars are my ears bleeding? Jan. 28 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i have never been a very big fan of Ani, i personally find her music terrible. unfortuantly, the music on this particular album is strikingly similar to most of her other works: bad! Her music style is not all that bad, but i cannot stand her choice of lyrics. Where does she come up with that stuff?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another favorite Ani Difranco album Jan. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
It has been awhile since I popped in "Up Up Up Up Up Up". My taste in music has changed drastically over the years. I am not the big Ani Difranco fan that I used to be. Eight years ago, I used to buy her cds on the day that they were released. My how times have changed. Still I respect Ani immensely for her DIY ethics and eschewing corporate America when it comes to her music. Next to "Little Plastic Castles" and "Dilate", "Up Up Up Up Up Up" is one of my favorite Ani Difranco cds. Songs like "Angry Any More" and "'Tis of Thee" really speaks to me lyrically. Unlike her earlier work, "Up Up Up Up Up Up" incorporates other different instruments other than Ani's traditional fierce guitar playing. The banjo, the organ, piano, and bass all adds a different layer of sound to Ani's music and gives her music new life. I personally love "Up Up Up Up Up Up". It is different from Ani's earlier music but I think it is still as good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars QUIT COMPLAINING! Oct. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Let me start out by saying: this is an incredible album. It has more of a jam feel than any of her other albums, and you can just hear her and the band having fun. But now let me say that I am tired of hearing the old die hard fans complain that her music has "changed," that she's not "folk-punk" anymore, and that this album isn't any good.
Ani's music is growing, and we should be happy to be able to witness the evolution. Where her lyrics used to be brilliant because they were raw and in your face, starting with this album, her ideas get more complex, her metaphors take a few lines to unfold, her melodies are more complicated...
This album will always be one of my favorites because it feels free, spontaneous, and innocent. It also marks the real beginning, I think, of her music with the band. Again, a great album from a great artist...even if she isn't still making the same music she did when she was 19!
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4.0 out of 5 stars UP6 is worth your time Oct. 29 2002
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
While I can agree with some that this is not Ani's best or even most accessible album, I must add that this is a beautiful album. As a huge Ani fan, I rushed out to buy this one and was stragenly disappointed...it sat on my bookshelf for months until I revisited it. I found some wonderful songs, beautiful language, and above all, the trademark earnestness that Ani Difranco is so famous for. While I can't say this is my favorite Ani album, I really respect the chances she takes and the trust she puts in her audience to come along for the ride. Not necessarily a must-have, but a must-listen. If you're looking for the angriness you find on other albums, it's not present here as it is on NAPG. If you're looking for a bouncy, catchy CD like Little Plastic Castle, it's not here. But if you want to listen to Ani's ever-maturing sound, this is a great album to start with ...most longtime Ani fans would agree. Her newer stuff is such a departure from her early work, it's finally refreshing to see an artist take strides to refine and experiment with her own sound, rather than rely on what she already knows works so well. That is truly what makes Ms D stand out: her willingness to forget the format and just play, for her own enjoyment as well as her audience's.
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This album is okay. Not great, not even really good, but okay. This was the beginning of the end of the great ANI ERA.
I traveled all over to see her, bought all her albums, etc. After "Plastic Castle" the albums got progressively worse.
If you're new to ANI, I recommend buying everything recorded before Up,Up,Up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but at times pretentious July 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed this album about the second or third time I listened to it. I love the lyrics and the simplicity of some songs, but at times, Ani tries too hard. I enjoyed "'Tis Of Thee," "Virtue," "Come Away From It," "Jukebox," "Everest," and the title track "Up Up Up Up Up Up," the most. This is definitely not an essential Ani album, but it is somewhat enjoyable. Try Revelling/Reckoning for a better Ani experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ani did it again! June 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love Ani DiFranco. Her views on the world we live in are so raw. Ani evolves through out all of her cds. This isnt her best work but it has its good qualities. But I still miss the old Righteous Babe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty awesome Jan. 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
I am constantly amazed at what ani will do next. She offers a fearless attack into uncharted waters with this great album. Unlike her earlier work, this album is a little more studio polished and less raw, but still is great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not angry anymore
When I first got this cd, I tore it open and devoured it. And hated it. I thought it was grating, I thought it was pretentious, and I was mad at *my* Ani DiFranco for doing... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by Noreaster
4.0 out of 5 stars My Very First Ani!
After hearing so much about Ani Di Franco from fellow feminists raving about her girl power and independantly minded lyrics, I decided I would have to get an Ani Album. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2001 by "raspberry-swirl"
4.0 out of 5 stars Ani DiFranco--One Righteous Babe
The 1960s were a time when legions of young, guitar-strumming troubadours crisscrossed the land, singing socially conscious story songs that you could tap your feet to . . . Read more
Published on Dec 9 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the jam
It's Ani, and as always it's progression. The cd has a different feel from the days of Puddle Dive, and Imperfectly, the sound is more layered, and the lyrics while still heavy... Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars ummm...
it's ani, yes. one cannot stress that enough. from the country-emotion in "angry anymore" [my favorite track on this album] to the opening, acoustic grrl-and-her-guitar... Read more
Published on May 17 2000 by russ marshalek
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't torture yourself!
Up Up Up Up Up Up is just another example of Ani Difranco's failed attempt at creating astounding music. This album is ridden full of simplistic music that grates at the ear. Read more
Published on April 13 2000
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