Ani Difranco – Reveling Reckoning – CD

Ani Difranco – Reveling Reckoning – CD

Ani Difranco – Reveling Reckoning – CD
(Righteous Babe Records) It’s so weird that every time I read a review about Ani Difranco from major publications, they always end up saying it’s not so great. They did the same thing for the group Dead Can Dance. Those reviewers are idiots. I think what throws them is that Ani is a musician that has always done things on her own terms and she’s always willing to explore various musical directions. So unlike a many of the musicians who have repeatedly put out an album every three years that ends up sound exactly like their previous album, Ani allows herself to explore new possibilities. And she usually does it at a pace of one release a year, sometimes more. This double CD comprised of the disk “Reckoning” and “Reveling” is yet another gem in the Ani Difranco catalog. Ani’s percussive guitar style and New York slam poet lyrics are still here and they shine through brilliantly on both disks. But she has added other elements like hand drums and horns. There is heaping use of horns on this release, which gives some of the tunes a jazzy feel and I’m sure was inspired by her tour with Maceo Parker who makes an appearance on this release. The disk “Reckoning” is the mellower of the two, which primarily focuses on Ani and her guitar in a way that makes you pay attention to what she’s saying. “Subdivision”, and the deep slack guitar sounding “Old Old Song” are just two of the songs where Ani shares her soul. The fun jam of “Ain’t That the Way”, the soft and almost mournful “Tamburitza Lingua” and the rapid fire “What How When Where (Why Who) with it’s funky jazz breakin’ “Why Why Why” are just three of the tunes that stand out on the disk “Reveling”. I would be remise if I didn’t give kudos to Ani’s band who does an amazing job fleshing out her music on this release. Daren Hahn, Jason Mercer and Julie Wolf, Shane Endsley and Hans Teuber are a group of people who anyone would be lucky to have. I’m sure Ani knows what a force she has with them on board. Always willing to explore and dig deeper, keeping her mind open and willing to try new things with beautiful abandon, those are the things that have gotten Ani where she is today. So if you are the kind of person who expects a band to sound exactly the same every album, then this isn’t for you. But if you are the type who is always searching for the next thrill, then definitely check out this wonderful release. {Mite}
(2001)

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