Evolve Ani Difranco: http://www.righteousbabe.com RBR-030 Righteous Babe Records P. O. Box 95 Buffalo, NY 14205 A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by L.C. Di Marco (www.liana.biz ) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ani is one of those artists that have literally evolved over time. Her music, her style and her vox have matured to a higher level of constituency so her LP title is quite a propos. Her unique style though can still be heard in the format of her vox play with words and syllables.
Ani is one of those few artist who's lyrics I enjoy following. Often bands' loudness over-shadow the vocals and the contained lyrics. Evolve is intellectual and artistically meritable in the creative artistic development category.
"Walk in stride with people much taller than me [...] mostly it's my chic [...] let's get talking reefer madness, like some arrogant government can't by any stretch of the imagination outlaw a planet!" This collection of works has Ani's political commentary appear more in depth, detailed and in full throttle more so than any of her previous work and likely more than most artists out there.
Although accompanied by a five-piece band, the music is supportive and background to the well syllabled lyrics and vox. -- No overshadowing and no overthrow of eighth notes. Most of her songs are at an average of 4:00 minutes long. Very few modern pop tunes can get away with long endurances but then it might just be the folk genre element coming through. Her song, Second Intermission, is 10:26 minutes long. Ironically, it is one of the fewer lyrics and lots of actual musical notations piece and it is in fact the longest tune. Amazing what stories you can tell with just a few notes.
If you're into Ani in general, you must add this CD to your collection. If you've never heard of Ani or any of her material, you may wish to start with her earlier material before advancing to this collection unless of course, you're into intellectual adventure. Then by all means, jump right in.
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