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Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She’s “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy – ... Read more in Amazon's Ani DiFranco Store

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0000058MY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ani DiFranco is back with her ninth solo studio album: Little Plastic Castle. This album features 12 new songs about love, relationships, goldfish life, collective memory and girl police. Recorded w/ Ani's touring band and includes guest artists like Sara Lee (bass: Indigo Girls), Jerry Marotta (drums: Peter Gabriel), John Hassel (trumpet: K.D. Lang) and a 3-piece horn section to add the right amount of "ummph" to the album. Track highlights include: "Fuel," "As Is," "Two Little Girls," "Pulse," "Pixie," "Glass House" and more!

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As she's gone from the Young Woman Who Could to the Woman Who Has, Ani DiFranco has explored more than her share of musical styles, all the while remaining true to her core. Even during her most extreme departures, you could hear the sound of the early albums coming through. On Little Plastic Castle, an album on which people are credited for adding pontifications, incantations, and an "evil machine" to songs, you could--for the first time--hear an almost completely new artist. Call her Ani, version 3; she couldn't have existed without hearing all of Ani, version 1's albums, and she wouldn't be as funky and experimental without the influence of Ani, version 2. She still has a lot to say--about politics, about relationships, about herself--but the messages aren't thrown in your face here (well, not as often). Instead they're wrapped in funky hooks and lots of production--anything you learn from DiFranco on this album will come from pure repetition, and for the first time, the album is varied enough, catchy enough, and subtle enough that you'll push the repeat button while cleaning the house. --Randy Silver

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Clarke on 4 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The gradual transition from Ani the politically-minded folk singer to Ani the more broad-ranging musician is captured best on _Little Plastic Castle_. _Not a Pretty Girl_ and _Dilate_ began the process, but LPC displays considerable more variety than either of them in terms of style, tone, and subject matter. Both vocals and power chords are a little more reined-in here than in the previous two albums. Instead, LPC showcases some of the best melding of folk writing and larger-scale musical arrangments in her back catalogue. Nor do jazz stylings dominate as they do later, although meandering (mostly) instrumental 'Pulse' may be too much for some listeners.
What you think of this will likely depend upon your Ani preferences, but for me this is by far the most consistent and compelling of her later albums. It isn't without its misfires - no Ani album is - but in tracks like 'Two Little Girls', it contains some of her most personal and captivating (and heartbreaking) writing to date.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robbi T on 21 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am very new to Ani's music and am very happy that I didn't wait a minute longer.

I introduced myself to Ani's huge catalogue via her latest album "Knuckle Down", a record which combines sublime lyricism with beautiful acoustics. Little Plastic Castle - whilst a very different record - again contains these two qualities in abundance.

My biggest difficulty with this album is that it's sometimes hard to get to the end of it...because you keep wanting to listen to the opening tracks time and time again. The simply fabulous title track is quickly followed by a pair of perfectly juxtaposed songs. "Gravel" and "As Is" belong together, the former with its driving acoustics, the latter a beautifully performed ballad and the moment when I can honestly say that I had fallen for the DiFranco voice. "Two Little Girls", is a tale of impending tragedy paradoxically wrapped up in a seriously catchy tune.

If you can get beyond these amazing tracks, there are still untold treats in store, possibly the biggest of which is "Swandive". On first listen, I'd just enjoyed "Loom" and "Pixie" but I was totally blown away by "Swandive", possibly the most beautiful performance I'd heard in years. By the time Ani had related her "vision of blue sky and dry land", the last thing I expected was the vocal power of "Glass House". From the confident person striding out in the title track, Ani has suddenly become frightened, besieged and insecure. She tries to convince herself and her attacker(s) that "for the purposes of this song, let's just say I'm doing fine" and the soaring vocals that conclude the song leave you feeling that she will most definitely prevail.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By magicsoapsuds on 19 Nov. 2004
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This album is surely an essential for any music lover. Ani is so original, and as someone else already said, its the best album to get if you are unfamiliar with her music. She can seem bizarre, and i think this album is maybe the least weird, and it is one of the most consistently brilliant. Each song has incisive, moving lyrics, and she sings and plays with such emotion. She is one of the few truly talented songwriters of our time.
It is hard to pick out any tracks, but here goes... the first (title-) track opens the album so perfectly, it's so clever and just absolutely fun to listen to, Gravel and As Is have to be two of my favourite songs EVER, Pixie has cynicism, wit and attitude, and Pulse is just a beautiful ending to a fantastic album!
Ani is so amazing, she's released so much music over the years. Check out her music label 'Righteous Babe Records' it has a great website.
So if you get this album (which you definitely should) and enjoy it (which i think you will)- find some more of her albums and build up your collection!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "ginger-macpies" on 22 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Despite the fact that Ani is classed by many to be one of the best songwriters of our time, she is still somewhat of an acquired taste. It is due to this that I find it difficult to introduce her music to people.
'Little Plastic Castle' is just the bridge that can help people cross over to 'ani-land'. As always, it is crammed full of wit, intelligence, anger and honesty.....but it is an altogether more coherent version of Ani's talent.
I would reccommmend this album to anyone who is making their first Ani purchase, or to anyone who has found Ani's other albums difficult to connect with. I promise you that, once you listen to LPCs, you'll be searching out more material from this unrelenting and pure talent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By beovar on 29 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Great acoustic guitars, nice lyrics and interesting music rich in sound. From track to track, I found this album to be one of the most consistent of Ani Difranco's albums that I own. Great to listen to whether it be with full attention or just soothingly in the background ... over and over again. I bought this mostly to listen to Swan (which I'd only previously only heard the live version of) and it definitely didn't let down. This album is full of great tracks and is fast becoming my favourite Ani Difranco album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kayleigh J. Armstrong on 3 Mar. 2007
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I love Ani Difranco's music, and this is probably my favourite of all her albums. The last 4 songs alone make me love this album. Filled with emotion and hard-hitting, honest lyrics, you really feel where she's coming from. Its very relatable, very smart and very beautiful. Listen to 'Swandive', 'Independance Day' and 'Pulse'! These songs songs just make me shiver.

For more perky and upbeat tracks try 'Gravel', 'Loom' and 'Little Plastic Castle'... all very fun.

This album has a good mix of lighthearted and more serious music. There are no filler tracks on here... 'Little Plastic Castle' is a must for any fan of Ani... any music lover really!
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