Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
The music on Ani DiFranco?s latest CD is as stunning as ever, packed with irresistible melodies, poignant lyrics, and virtuoso performances. But for the first time in her career, Ani has invited a fellow singer-songwriter ... more »
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The music on Ani DiFranco?s latest CD is as stunning as ever, packed with irresistible melodies, poignant lyrics, and virtuoso performances. But for the first time in her career, Ani has invited a fellow singer-songwriter to work with her as co-producer: Joe Henry, himself the creator of nine highly regarded solo albums. She is also joined by more than half a dozen guest musicians, many of whom have played key roles in Ani?s recent career, including current stage partner Todd Sickafoose, former band member Julie Wolf, and Righteous Babe recording artist Andrew Bird. Through twelve new songs as intricately crafted as short stories, DiFranco creates another unforgettable musical self-portrait of a woman coming to grips with love?s twists and turns, confronting the legacy of her family, and learning to live on her own terms.
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Aaron A. from VIRGINIA BCH, VA
Reviewed on 7/7/2012...
It's Ani, it's awesome.
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Ani's most accessable and enjoyable album in years
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 01/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ani DiFranco continues to release albums left and right, sometimes just as Ani solo, at other times as a full blown band, and at yet other times somewhere in between. Chalk up this album in the latter category.
"Knuckle Down" (12 tracks; 57 min.) starts off very strongly with the title track and "Studying Stones", only to reach an ever higher plateau as her band joins in and rocks on "Manhole" and Modulation", the latter being the best track on the album. Sandwiched in between those songs is "Sunday Morning", a great melancholic view back on a relationship gone wrong. After the stellar first half of the album, things falter a bit. "Parameters" is the now seemingly obligatory spoken piece/poem that appears on most recent albums. "Paradigm" is one more standout, but towards the end the album starts to lag a bit and ultimately is a bit overlong.
That said, "Knuckle Down" is overall a great listen, and in particular the first half recalls the best music that Ani has ever done. Even though this album is now just about 2 years old, it still sounds fresh to me and I play this more often than any other Ani album. Throughout "Knuckle Down", Ani sounds like she might even be enjoying (!) the very music that she is bringing. Highly recommended, and not just for Ani fans."