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  • Audio CD (Feb. 17 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B0000058MY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Little Plastic Castle
2. Fuel
3. Gravel
4. As Is
5. Two Little Girls
6. Deep Dish
7. Loom
8. Pixie
9. Swan Dive
10. Glasshouse
11. Independence Day
12. Pulse

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[Ani DiFranco's] latest ... is a gem that is at once funny, moody, meditative and challenging. Full of DiFranco's pet peeves and ironic musings ... the album will make listeners laugh, think and tap their feet. -- People


As she's gone from the Young Woman Who Could to the Woman Who Has, Ani DiFranco has explored more than her share of musical styles, all the while remaining true to her core. Even during her most extreme departures, you could hear the sound of the early albums coming through. On Little Plastic Castle, an album on which people are credited for adding pontifications, incantations, and an "evil machine" to songs, you could--for the first time--hear an almost completely new artist. Call her Ani, version 3; she couldn't have existed without hearing all of Ani, version 1's albums, and she wouldn't be as funky and experimental without the influence of Ani, version 2. She still has a lot to say--about politics, about relationships, about herself--but the messages aren't thrown in your face here (well, not as often). Instead they're wrapped in funky hooks and lots of production--anything you learn from DiFranco on this album will come from pure repetition, and for the first time, the album is varied enough, catchy enough, and subtle enough that you'll push the repeat button while cleaning the house. --Randy Silver

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Format: Audio CD
This was Ani DiFranco's first really synthesized, fancily-produced album. And it's a whole different world from the style she was known for before this. Listening to this is definitely like being introduced to a whole new artist. There are more electronics, more experimental song styles, and even her voice has changed a little -- it's a tad raspier.
The lyrics are still just as good -- but don't buy it expecting the old Ani ... you have to love it as something completely new.
And I DID love it!
The songs are made not more watery, but more powerful by the elaborate compositions. The topics capture so many sides of life -- from the pretty to the dark.
One song urges rude people to "just suck up and be nice".
Another song, whose entire atmosphere tells of a desperate hour proclaims, "If you think you know what I'm doing wrong, you're gonna have to get in line."
GRAVEL has a catchy, hardcore beat and really gets across the humor in having an ex that you just seem to keep taking back, no matter what he does.
And it all leads up to the climax -- the final song -- that is more of a hypnotic symphony than a song. It only has a few spoken words -- the rest it says in its swaying rhythm -- but it is absolutely powerful. An expected pinnacle.
The first song or two on the album are just warm-ups. Skip past them to really delve into the riches of this outstanding record.
This album is not to be missed by anyone who likes true-to-the-heart, poignant, powerful experimental music.
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Format: Audio CD
Several years ago I was probably one of the biggest Ani Difranco fans to ever walked the earth. I was so anti-establishment and was just trying to be different for the sake of being different. Five years later, I have matured emotionally as well as musically. I'm still a big music snob, I just not the big Ani Difranco fan that I once was. I am much more interested in music that ranges from goth music to world music. Still I have kept a few of my favorite Ani Difranco cds. One of them is "Little Plastic Castle". It is quite the stylistic change from "Dilate" (which was my first Ani cd). There is more of a rhythmic groove to "Little Plastic Castle" and a little more melodic sensibility in the music especially on the title track about two lesbians. One thing I can really appreciate about Ani Difranco is that she really works the acoustic guitar. She doesn't have this flowery, feminine sensibility to her guitar playing like Jewel does. Another quality about Ani Difranco that I have always liked is her sense of humor. Unlike women like Holly Near and Cris Williams (gag me), Ani injects humor into her music and doesn't come off as some diehard humorless feminist. I think her goofy humor really shows in "Little Plastic Castle" but then she can do a 180 on the listener with the touching "Two Little Girls". I love all the songs on this cd as well as this entire cd. "Little Plastic Castle" is definitely my favorite Ani Difranco cd. All the songs flows well together which I can't really say about the other cds I own by Ani Difranco. "Little Plastic Castle" would be the ideal cd for beginners because the songs are more melodic and accessible (without selling out to Satan, er, Clear Channel) than on Ani's previous albums.
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Format: Audio CD
With the exception of the title track (Little Plastic Castles), there isn't anything that I get even close to disliking. And Little Plastic Castles isn't a bad song it just didn't really "sing" to me I guess. I am, admittingly, a Ani Difranco "rube", but none the less I am also a music buff who tends to over analyze album. This album has such intricate guitar riffs and stunning production, that is a true must own. And truthfully most "must own"'s become "must not hear agains" after a few years. I am offically writing this review after owning it for 4 years and listing to it hundreds of times.
Musically stunning tracks:
Two Little Girls
Swan Dive
Glass House
Lyrically stunning tracks:
Two Little Girls
Swan Dive
Best Song (in my opinion):
Swan Dive
I am trying to be objective and write a truly helpful review, but I really can't find anything I dislike about this album except the annoyingly blue cover.
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Format: Audio CD
I have my moments when I'm driving, when I need to listen to "angry white guy" music. Recently, I figured out that sometimes I need a dose of "angry girl" music.
By her own admission, Ani isn't what you'd call mainstream, so if you're reading this it's not likely you heard her on Letterman last night (after all, she did get booted for wanting to sing about "White Flight").
I could sit here and preach about how Ani DiFranco's music is edgy, her lyrics are biting and her guitar playing cuts right through you.
Instead, I'd prefer to tell you that her music is just great to listen to. Little Plastic Castle is an awesome song that just makes you wonder about little things in life. Fuel is a performance of just how sharp Ani's tongue can be, wrapping almost to the point of spoken word. Pixie shows the softer side of her, but how can you hate a song with lyrics like "Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep. Nobody likes their job, nobody gets enough sleep."
I didn't love every song on this CD, but I think the money was well spent.
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