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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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  • Vinyl (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00GTSVJ3E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ember on 24 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Not A Pretty Girl marks the turning point in Ani Di Franco's career. It embraces the concerns and 'angst' of earlier albums, with the start of the variety of musical ideas that are so prevelant on her later albums.32 Flavours,and the title track Not A Pretty Girl are classic Ani.Whilst the beautiful Hour Follows Hour is understated but lyrically one of the most powerful descriptions of acceptance and resignation i have ever heard. Simply genius.Out of all her albums Dilate, Little Plastic Castles and this one are must haves, for everyone, but parcularly women who fail to hear their real feelings heard in the popular female artists that litter our charts with (often male written) drivel. Ani is a saviour. And if you ever get to catch her live... a truly life changing experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claudio on 22 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've now got 3 or 4 albums of the several ones that ANi has produced, but this one, which I bought first, to me seems like her best. There's some masterpieces like the title track and "million you never made", and in general it's got the best songs in terms of composing skills. Since Ani's talent lies mainly in that, as its music is very crude and simple in terms of instruments, I really recommend buying this album. If you've never listened to Ani, it's really folk music, therefore the beauty of it is her composing capacity, there's no amazing guitar playing (although she's very good at it!) or some particular playing skills, just great songs and beautiful words.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Wallace on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Due to being on her own independent record company (Righteous Babe Records) ani has been sadly overlooked in the UK. This album is the first that I bought after a friend recomending her several times and I became an instant fan. The title track is possibly my favourite song, if it is possible to have a favourite song. If you are an ani fan then you must have this album, if you have just heard of her and are browsing then this is very worth buying.
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By oskar on 29 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
this album is very good and well worth having, however i still can't help feeling that although her studio stuff is interesting her live stuff is definitely in a completely different league, live at carnegie hall, the version of gratitude on that album blows me away every time!!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
The Ani album to top all Ani albums 30 Dec. 2000
By "joycephil" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own Not So Soft,Imperfectly, Living In Clip, Little Plastic Castle, The First Album, Out of Range, and Puddle Dive, and although I love each and every one of these albums, I keep returning to Not a Pretty Girl again and again. This album marks a transition from Ani's more acoustic and light sound (The First Album, Imperfectly) to her more hard-edge music (Dilate, Little Plastic Castle). I love both phases but I'd have to say I'm happiest in the middle. This CD combines folk and rock for the best glimpse of Ani that i have found. If you are a new Ani fan, this is the best album to own because it really showcases her talent. You are able to hear her loud, passionate work in "The Million You Never Made" ( the song that has my favorite lyric- life is a sleazy stranger flirting with a bimbo named disaster at the end of the bar...I'm telling you I'm different than you are), her softer work in "32 Flavors" and "This Bouquet", her spoken poetry in "Tiptoe", her acoustic edge in "Cradle and All", and her lyrical mastery in nearly every track but especially in "Hour follows Hour" and "Shy". Ani is a singing poet, a true musical genius. If you are tired of everyday bubblegum pop and you want to hear a true artist who thinks of her music as art, pick up an Ani CD. You won't be disappointed. I never have been. She isn't for everyone, but she may just be for you.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
WHERE IT'S AT 18 Jun. 2004
By bethtexas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you don't know Ani DiFranco yet, she's the straight-talking, "Why don't more singers say it this plainly?" independent singer/songwriter who's built up such a following that it proves -- yes, there IS room for smarter music in this world.
She's got a killer voice. (How does she sing like that?) And she plays guitar so well that even if you don't know much about the instrument ... you can tell she's good.
NOT A PRETTY GIRL is the perfect album to buy first. And don't worry, once you get hooked -- there are gazillions more from which to choose. That's the great thing about discovering an artist like Ani -- if you find you love her, you can just keep buying more and more!
Is she folk? Is she 'women's music'? Is she punk? Who knows. She's just a very forthright singer/songwriter who writes lyrics no one else dares to produce. (The advantage of having founded her own music company, as I understand it!)
Some of the highlights on this "Absolutely must have" album include THE MILLION YOU NEVER MADE -- a hardore tell-off to the music industry, LIGHT OF SOME KIND -- repenting for being unfaithful, sung with heartfelt, bang-it-up umph, and CRADLE AND ALL -- a beautiful, gut-wrenching ballod that just goes on and on about a rough day in the life of a city girl. Then of course, NOT A PRETTY GIRL is a great feminist song.
NOT A PRETTY GIRL is where it's at -- make it your first Ani album, but don't make it your last.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A masterpiece among several masterpieces 7 Feb. 2000
By Donn Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every Ani album is a masterpiece, if you ask me. I've followed her for a long time now and I've watched her grow and expand her range with each passing record, from the spare folk of her self-titled debut, to dueting with the former artist usually known as Prince on her latest, "To the Teeth."
"Not a Pretty Girl" remains a favorite of mine. I connected to "32 Flavors" from the first time I heard it. I love "Shy," "Hour Follows Hour," and "Cradle and All," but one of the finest tracks I've heard in a long time is "The Million You Never Made." She sorta turns into Wendy O. Williams at the end of the song...not that that's a bad thing.
To sum up: worth every penny.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Classic Ani 20 Sept. 2000
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favorite Ani CDs of all time (with OUT OF RANGE and DILATE tying for a close second). Of course, I love the simplicty of the earlier albums and the funkyness and the chances she's taken with her more recent ones. But there is just something about the time period when she made this. She seemed to be at a creative, political and honest peak. There is something about the title track, "Light of Some Kind" and "The Million you Never Made" that make you glad to be alive and sitting there listening to Ani.
The thing I love about NOT A PRETTY GIRL is the fact that it's so political and it's so not political at the same time. "Sorry I Am" is one of her best downright folk tunes. "This Bouquet" and "Worthy" are both emotional and compelling. "Shy" is probably one of her best rock tunes (though you don't fully realize how much of a rock tune it is until you hear it live). And of course, there's "32 Flavors" which I believe will be a classic in it's own right... if it's not already. The percussion at the end gets me every time.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Visceral & Beautiful. 30 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In her artistic expression, Ani Difranco embodies such towering virtues as honesty, independence, and compassion. She is a woman committed to making art for art's sake, proudly resisting big time record lables that would undoubtedly censor a voice that needs to be heard in all of it's raw beauty. Since 1990, she has fought an uphill battle to perserve the dignity of her art. And for that, I cannot thank her enough. I have all of Ms. Difranco's c.d.'s and recommend each one. Yet NOT A PRETTY GIRL (made during Ani's transition form Old School...ANI DIFRANCO, NOT SO SOFT...to New School...LITTLE PLASTIC CASTLE, UP, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up) is my favorite. This album is her richest in terms of it's diversity in sound. Ani goes from passioante aggression in a song like THE MILLION YOU NEVER MADE to sublime self-revelation in 32 FLAVORS. Throughout, Ani maintains overwhelmning poignancy underscored by the genuine honesty that makes it all matter on a universal level. This ain't no bubble gum pop music. In this album, Ani offers the world a crystal clear window into a human soul (and it sounds AMAZING). Such an opprotunity must not be wasted. So run to the music store NOW and grab NOT A PRETTY GIRL. And while you're there, get all the others too.
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