DIFRANCO, ANI - DILATE
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Difranco,Ani ~ Dilate
Following up two of her strongest records, Not a Pretty Girl and Out of Range, Dilate takes a different tack. It's quieter and more lush than previous efforts but just as intensely personal, with songs like "Untouchable Face" that are easier to identify with than many other DiFranco tunes. At the same time, DiFranco's old fans might not recognize the sound here, especially on tracks like the trip-hop-influenced "Amazing Grace," the shuffling "Napoleon," or the indescribable "Shameless"--this isn't the same thrash-folkie of old. There's a lot to like on Dilate, especially if you're a fan of Portishead or Lisa Germano, but it takes some getting used to. After spending time with the album, you may find it as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans, but you also might find out that the jeans never really fit quite right. --Randy Silver
Top Customer Reviews
her own CD's using her own label. Smart move so she can maintain her own sense of control over her own artistry. I can
never figure out why artists especially unknown don't just make & sell their own CD's rather than use the music industry
since they don't seem to be evolving much in finding or supporting unknown artists. I love how her songs feel like they
are crystal clear to the listener...I heard that she tapes her songs on an old tape machine..so maybe that's why they all
sound so intimately close! This musician doesn't need any "tricks" or diversions to express her songs, she's raw to the
core! Yeah for us!
1.Amazing Grace: This is one of my favorite versions of this song ever. It is original in it's structure which is hard
to do with such a widely known song. Ani does some really great strumming on this...nothing that overpowers the lyrics.
I love her interpretation of the lyrics and vocal performance. The drumming is so marvelous in this piece and I loved the
church bells in the song given it's obvious reference in where we would hear this song sung the most! The lady speaking
in this song is so cool...it gives you the feel of days gone by...like something you would have heard back in the 50's..using
the megaphone to give it the feel of how radio's sounded back then when people got alot of their news thru that media.
Her vocal is just so well done as it always is. To me this interpretation is a modern contemporary version of this
classic song. I love the percussion in it too that almost sounds like a lion roaring...maybe a washboard was used..not sure
but it sounds great!Read more ›
To them, I said: "She already made like a gazillion albums in her other style! She recorded more songs already than most artists ever will. How long was she supposed to keep going before trying something new?" I figure she has to either reinvent herself or get bored, and I think she made the right choice
I think this album is a TRIUMPH. It's mopey, honest, and absolutely heartfelt. Her lyrics are just as smart as ever.
SUPERHERO is a fantastic song about how when we fall in love, we all become ridiculous cliches ... no matter how 'above it' we thought we were before.
ADAM AND EVE is a powerful, brooding feminist statement about men who "leave you in the morning".
OUT OF ME, ONTO YOU is more or less ... a curse on someone you hate.
I think DILATE is a gem, and every Ani fan should take it back out again and listen to it with fresh ears.
For those of you not acquainted with her music, her sound is a unique one. Her distinct vocals are blended with an urban alternative melody that addresses topics such as governmental corruption, abortion, personal betrayal and censorship. She is one of the last singers to hold out from the censorship of money and fame and sing what she actually feels. She is a call-'em-like-she-sees-'em kinda gal, who doesn't care who she pisses of in the process. Her music is sometimes mellow, sometimes harsh, but always ingenious. Her lyrics are to the point and hit home on highly controversial issues that affect all people. Her songs have more structured melodies that sometimes sound like free-form poetry.
One of my personally favorites is her rendition of "Amazing Grace." This new sound fits her style well. The mixture of the old hymn with a harsh base and sinister background voice puts a new twist on the song we know so well. It is amazing how Ani is able to transform a song from an uplifting spiritual to an ominous tune.
Probably one of the main reason I like Ani is because I can, on some level, always relate to what she is singing about. He lyrics are heartfelt and life lived. "Napoleon" is one of these songs that address an issue she has personally experienced and it conveys her personal beliefs. The subject of the song is a singer who she was friends with when she first got into the music business.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Intrigued by the cover, I bought this cd, coincidentally after getting dumped. Then while acustoming myself to the album, I got rejected incessently. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003
My favorite Ani songs are scattered across all her albums, so it was tough to pick one album as my favorite, but if forced I'd have to pick Dilate, not for having the most faves... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by P. F. Rose
Dilate is one of my favorite Ani DiFranco records. It was recorded during a time when Ani was dealing with some "heavy duty" issues. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
I can never get enough of Ani! This was the first CD I bought of hers. And ever since that, I've been hooked! I love her music, lyrics and everything about her! Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003
I am not a fan of Ani DiFranco. I had read a lot about her and was curious to listen to some of her things. I decided to start with Dilate and... well... she got me! Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2002
This is Ani DiFranco at her best. She mixes her bittersweet lyrics well with her acoustic-bluesy music, creating a very authentic and relatable atmosphere. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by K. A D. Veer
...but this particular Ani CD is one of my favorites. Several of these songs have helped me through some recent rough times, in particular the lyrics for Dilate:
so i'll walk... Read more
This album is by far the most powerful, msot incredible album Ms. DiFranco has written to date. Of all her albums, this one contains more raw emotion per minute. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Jamie Savino
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