Ani DiFranco



by OrbDragon USER (34 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

This album instantly cracked my Top 5 of favorite record. Ever since I picked this one up I've been obsessed with Ani DiFranco's amazing songwriting ability. The songs are so powerful and well thought out in Ani's unique mixture of folk, jazz, acoustic rock and alternative. The "Revelling" disc is more lyrical and musically more dynamic....the "Reckoning" disc puts the emphasis more on emotion, simplicity and melody. I'll review both discs.

Revelling disc:
01 Ain't That The Way
This is a very accessible straight up relaxing track with a catchy chorus featuring Maceo Parker on backing vocals. It's got some really cool brass and flute melodies. A great opener. 4/5

02 O.K
A very upbeat track with a nice energetic chorus. It's one of the few tracks with electric guitar. 3.5/5

03 Garden Of Simple
I love this one. Ani's acoustic rhythm guitar playing is amazing. It's one of those great road songs. The lyrics are awesome and meaningful...they really provoke alot of thoughts. 4/5

04 Tamburitza Lingua
The lyrics are spoken, like a poem. It's worth a listen despite the tracks repetition because of the great lyrics alone. 4/5

05 Marrow
Wow. This track is amazing. That clarinet/trumpet melody in the intro and outro is so soothing. Great lyrics, great singing and great musicianship. The bridge is amazing, with the brass and clarinets melodies building up, making the song more arranged as it carries on. One of my favorite Ani songs. 5/5

06 Heartbreak Even
Another great track, very uplifting and touching at the same time. A great song to wake up to. Some cool little flute and trumpet solo's near the end. One of my favs. 4.5/5

07 Harvest
A short instrumental where Ani plays all the instruments. 3/5

08 Kazoointoit
A very strange abstract song...never heard anything quite like it. It has a strange answering machine intro, and the vocals sound as if they are sung through a speaker. Sounds cool. 4/5

09 Whatall Is Nice
This is powerful stuff. Ani's acoustic and electric can both be heard in this track. It's a pretty somber track. The vocals are powerful. Amazing song. 4.5/5

10 What How When Where (Why Who)
A nice jazzy track that's pretty catchy. It has this nice little guitar sequence. I love it when it the beat stops with a break...Ani's vocals sound so amazing there...very jazzy and soulful. Cool saxophone solo after this part. 4/5

11 Fierce Flawless
Another upbeat track, the chorus is somewhat forced but it's still great stuff. The guitar is mostly complementary and most of the melody is focussed on the brass instruments. It has a short bass solo near the end. 3.5/5

12 Rock Paper Scissors
Another great jazzy track, but this one is pretty agressive. The rhythm playing Ani uses here reminds me alot of Joni Mitchells rhythm playing. Good song. 4/5

13 Beautiful Night
A beautiful soothing instrumental in which Ani plays bass, guitar, piano and drums/percussion. There is a pretty long trumpet solo adding a great's amazing. Great musicianship...great closer for disc 1. 4.5/5

Reckoning disc:

01 Your Next Bold Move
A great track...Ani's baritone guitar melody is produced wonderfully here. As always, very clever lyrics. Ani delivers a very soothing bass solo midway throught the song. Solid. 4/5

02 This Box Contains...
Guitar intermission worth a listen...definately not skippable. 3/5

03 Reckoning
An amazing free flowing 6 minute acoustic track with great vocals. I love the complementary brass melody in the adds so much. One of the best songs by Ani in my opinion. Simply gorgeous. 5/5

04 So What
Another great song...I really like the clarinets touch on this one...and the trumpet is also very cool here. The chorus is very melodic and arranged...amazing. 4/5

05 Prison Prism
Another cool guitar instrumental. 3/5

06 Imagine That
This is probably my favorite guitar melody on this cd. This stripped down acoustic song not a really depressing, but the producion of this acoustic baritone track is so magical that it brings me to tears. I love Ani's unique fingerpicking style of guitar playing. I love the singing too. Very powerful yet intimate at the same time. 5/5

07 Flood Waters
Another cool guitar interlude. 3/5

08 Grey
A very depressing, beautiful song. The lyrics are more straight up than usual, and very heartfelt. It's more of a direct personal song, without clever metaphors or preaching about society and politics. That accordion solo just rips your heart out. 5/5

09 Subdivision
It starts and end with some interlude taken from another Ani record. The song itself is very soothing and relaxing, yet the lyrics are pretty confrontational, but suprisingly it works well. The acoustic guitar and the trumperists and clarinet playing blend in well. Another favorite of mine. 4.5/5

10 Old Old Song
Another acoustic track. Ani's voice has an echo-ing effect giving it a very depressing vibe. I love the piano touch in the's easy to play, but it adds alot to the song. 4/5

11 Sick Of Me
Another solid track...this has more of a country-ish vibe. Great vocals. 4/5

12 Don't Nobody Know
Another interlude 3/5

13 School Night
Another touching somewhat depressing track written in 3rd person. It's a beautiful song...with an amazing clarinet solo near the end that just catches the mood of the song so well. 4.5/5

14 That Was My Love
Another small guitar instrumental 2.5/5

15 Revelling
I love this tracks freeflowing-ness and unusual guitar melody. Ani's vocals are really jazzy and soulful on this one...great soothing listen. It's got a very soothing brass melody (I think it's a saxophone). 4/5

16 In Here
A cleverly written love song with an upbeat brass melody, and some cool percussion. Good enough album closer in my book. 3.5/5

It might take time to get into this record, since Ani doesn't write the most accessible music. But after three or four listens on each disc you will discover it's brilliance. Ani DiFranco can make you smile, weep, think or just kick back...and it's all on this two disc 28-track masterpiece. Rating: 4.5/5*

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October 10th 2004


Wow, nobody replied to this.

Anyway, yeah this is a good album. Ani is very cool. I get a bit tired of it if I try to listen to both discs in one sitting, but overall it's still pretty good.

October 10th 2004


I think it'd be better if I was a female lesbian. But it's still good. 3.7.

Distorted Vision
October 10th 2004


[QUOTE=pixiesfanyo]I think it'd be better if I was a female lesbian.[/QUOTE]

As opposed to what - a male lesbian? :amaze:

October 15th 2004


Good call :p

I'm seeing Ani November 9th...can't wait for that :D

October 15th 2004


w00t! I'd so see her if she came to Australia. Is she the last person you have to see before you die Orb?

October 16th 2004


I still need to see the Flaming Lips.

October 17th 2004


ahhh too

November 10th 2004


I saw her live was a very extravert and uplifting acoustic set. It was so good...she played mostly songs from Educated Guess...despite the fact that this record was a bit of a disappointment, the songs are absolutely magical live. She is such a fun stage presence...very goofy, she was clearly having fun doing lots of talking and joking. I recommend anyone who are only familiarized with her studiowork to just say heck and see her's really really worth it. She is at her best if you so much as like her music...go and see her live.

November 10th 2004


I've only heard one song of hers (Hell Yeah, via Forced Listening). I want to get something by her, but althought pretty much every store seems to have plenty by her, it's always ridiculously expensive. I'll get something some day.

November 11th 2004


[QUOTE=Bartender]I want to get something by her, but althought pretty much every store seems to have plenty by her, it's always ridiculously expensive. I'll get something some day.[/QUOTE]

Same :mad:

September 4th 2005


This is a good's the first record of hers I purchased. It's not her most consistent record, but songs like "Imagine That", "Reckoning" and "Garden Of Simple" are just too good. The critics really ripped this album...I personally think the highlights on this album are most evident of Ani's talent. It's the album where she matured...and you can hear the songs on this one were written very naturally.

Unfortunately, her last two records were weak...too over the top lyrically and no memorable melody whatsoever.

"Imagine That" is Ani's best song's just amazing.

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