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Out of Range
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Out of Range marks the end of the first phase of Ani DiFranco's career, not so much in terms of the way she goes about her business (as always, on her own terms) but in terms of her songwriting, arranging, performing, and,... more »
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Out of Range marks the end of the first phase of Ani DiFranco's career, not so much in terms of the way she goes about her business (as always, on her own terms) but in terms of her songwriting, arranging, performing, and, to a greater extent than ever before, growing popularity. On Range, for the first time, DiFranco's songs sound like they wouldn't be out of place on the radio (in this case, that's a good thing); on the very first track, "Buildings and Bridges," she expresses herself with greater grace and subtlety than ever before. But the message is still loud and clear: she can take what the world will throw at her, and she will persevere. The rest of the album unfolds along similar lines and often reveals similar treasures. --Randy Silver
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Aaron A. from VIRGINIA BCH, VA
Reviewed on 7/15/2012...
If you are an Ani fan you will like this album if you aren't I would suggest getting "Not A Pretty Girl" or "Knuckle Down" first.
Out of range
firstname.lastname@example.org | Seattle, WA | 12/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is duly titled, to me, because it leaves all of Ani's other albums "out of range". Every song leads you through a gate, hand held-led by Ani's extremely visual lyrics, to a new world where you either feel the heart-aches or wondermant of being a being of this earth. After listening to all of Ani's albums I return to this album again and again due to it's extremely poignant lyrics. If I could recommend any Ani cd to a new listener this, without a doubt, would be the one!"
My least favorite (overall) early Ani album
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 11/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is the only early Ani album where I feel like the review I am writing now will be quite different than it would have been had I written it years ago during my initial exposures to it. This is the early Ani album that has held up the least over the years, in my opinion. As is the case with many of Ani's albums, this one has some of her best tunes ever. Performance-wise though, there is something about this album that doesn't hold me as much as her other early ones still do.
That's not to say that it is a bad album at all. Buildings & Bridges, Hell Yeah, and You Had Time are great performances of some of my favorite of her tunes. It's just that in the years since... take Overlap for instance. In terms of commercially available versions, the Overlap on the Living in Clip live 2-disc set renders this Overlap utterly null and void. Not owning Living In Clip would seem (to me) to be the only possible explanation as to why someone would still listen to the version on Out of Range.
Having said that, obviously anyone who is more than just a casual Ani fan should buy this album. Like I said, the 3 songs/performances I listed earlier are great and are not to be missed. Also with more electricity than her previous (at the time) releases, this one is a bit of a glimpse into her future electric bands and evolving aesthetic.
Letter To a John, Overlap, Out of Range, etc...song-wise, the goods are here, it's just that by now there are performances of these great tunes that seem to make these versions sound like nothing more than the jotting down of some ideas that would go on to bloom into perfection at later dates."