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Revelling-Reckoning [Double CD]

Ani DiFranco Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Righteous Babe Records
  • ASIN: B00005B16H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ain't That The Way
2. O.K.
3. Garden Of Simple
4. Tamburitza Lingua
5. Marrow
6. Heartbreak Even
7. Harvest
8. Kazoointoit
9. Whatall Is Nice
10. What How When Where Why Who
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Your Next Bold Move
2. This Box Contains
3. Reckoning
4. So What
5. Prison Prism
6. Imagine That
7. Flood Waters
8. Grey
9. Subdivision
10. Old Old Song
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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Reckoning/Revelling is the 13th album from the resolutely independent Ani Di Franco. Released as always on her label, Righteous Babe, Di Franco has fashioned a so-so album that covers both the edgy break-up songs of her early career as well as her political and more funk-tinged material. Lavishly packed in an origami sleeved box (as if by the Next catalogue), this double CD of 29 songs is split between two CDs and distinct musical moods. That's the idea anyway. Di Franco fires on all cylinders, lyrically, (best lines--"TV is after all the modern day roman coliseum... and now millions sit jeering collectively cheering the bloodthirsty hierarchy of the patriarchal arrangement.--"Garden of Simple"). Musically, it's wallpaper, plain guitar plucking, bolstered occasionally by the odd stab of brass. Much of it sounds the same. However the songs are all pleasant in a low-key Me'shell N'dege Ocello kind of way. Of the two CDs, Reckoning has the strongest material-"Your Next Brave Move" and "So What" are the standouts. As a whole, it's chunky-post-pop-cum folk is a little too tired to sustain the course. Although the wild eclecticism of Little Plastic Castle was rightly praised, Reckoning/Revelling doesn't represent a revolution for this righteous babe. --Helena Dvorak

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The double album Revelling/Reckoning has been the subject of widespread critical acclaim. Rolling Stone, Spin, the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post are a few of the publications that have sung the album's praises. Half the songs on each disc find Ani flying solo (playing a small orchestra's worth of instruments), while the other half feature the members of her road-tested live band along with guests Maceo Parker and Jon Hassell on horns and Lloyd Maines on pedal steel. The whole thing is wrapped up in one elegant, specially designed package, complete with a pair of lyric-and-photo booklets. On the journey from Revelling to Reckoning, Ani takes her music in countless new directions -- but she never strays from the path she's been on all along.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Return To Form 11 April 2001
By Murph
Format:Audio CD
The self-styled "lil folk singer" seemed to have lost her way with her last two albums. While Up Up Up Up Up Up and To The Teeth were blessed with moments of trademark brilliance, the albums didn't seem to flow as well as previous work, such as Dilate and Out of Range.
However, Ani has returned with a double album which is guaranteed to have fans salivating with delight. The first CD, Revelling, continues the funky soundscapes of her more recent material. However, the songs seemed to have been tightened up somewhat, and the result is a triumph. The opening track "Ain't That The Way" sounds bizarrely like Macy Gray, but later tracks such as "Garden Of Simple" and the standout "Marrow" have DiFranco's style stamped all over them.
The second disc, Reckoning, is a quieter, more acoustic affair, remincescent of Ani's earlier stuff. A air of political disillision hangs over this set, as if Bush's recent election had knocked the stuffing of her.Nowhere is this more apparent than on "Your Next Bold Move" where DiFranco bemoans the fact that "the left wing was broken long ago...it's so hard to have faith in anything". Similar in tone is "Subdivision", with it's blistering critique of racial segregation in the USA. However, it's not just the political that DiFranco is commenting on this time - live favourite "So What" is a mournful comment on the end of a relationship, while on "Marrow", Ani declares that shes "learning to be alone and devasted".
None of this is depressing by the way - rather these thoughtful and beautifully played songs inspire you, like the best of DiFranco's material.
Like many double albums, there is some filler here ("Kazoointoit" is particulary lightweight), but otherwise this is a startling return to form. It may not propel her to the top of the charts : this isn't pure and simple by any means, rather the work of a incredibly talented songwriter working at the height of her powers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Split personality album 17 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
I put the first half on - what a load of rubbish - I hated it. 'This one is going back', I thought. I gave it another go but still I couldn't get along with it.
As it is a double album I had to give the second half a listen. FANTASTIC. It is Ani at her best. The lyrics are moody, sad, and poignant. The music is hypnotic. What a difference. It is always on my stereo. Not car music, not very pacey. Perfect for having a bath or working to.
I have to confess that every now and again I give the first half another listen but I still don't like it. Too experimental, too quirky.
I would recommend it as a great album with a free beermat included!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Revelling/Reckoning is a great buy for any fan, new or old. It brings all her styles together on two superb CDs, theres the folk Ani, the political Ani, the funk Ani etc. Songs such as"Grey","School Night","Garden of Simple" overwhelm you with a feeling of awe, the lyrics are shear poetry. The Revelling CD is more funky than her old folk, melo-dramatic style- its along the same lines as the outstanding "To The Teeth" album. The Reckoning CD is far more chilled out, but the songs are quite deep almost soul searching material- but not even slightly heavy going! This album isn't going to make people rise up into a revolution- but thats never her intention, it makes you think,feel,understand and maybe even want to make a difference. Ani may not want to be a heroine, but she does a bad job at trying not to be one.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gasping for air... 13 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Most of the other Ani albums I've listened to have left me content, but not completely full. This album, however, left me lying on my bed somewhat overwhelmed. I've given it four out of five, only because there are two tunes I'm not entirely at ease with, but hey, that's just a personal thing. If you're an Ani virgin, buy this album first as it'll give you a good indication of what she's about. I spent the first month of album ownership listening to Revelling pretty much obsessively and have only just got round to listening to Reckoning today. Wow! What a fabulous discovery. This is by far my best musical aquisition of the year. An all round mind blowing experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The thing about Ani DiFranco and the being a fan in the UK is that you think you're the only one who's ever heard of her, until you mention one of her songs, at which point an hour long discussion starts about which album you prefer and what's your favourite song from each of them.
This new offering does not dissapoint. And the added bonus is that it's a 2 parter!
"Revelling", the first disc, is a livlier cd than "Reckoning", the acoustic second disc. Although they are both very laid back. It is the perfect late night album; though that doesn't mean it doesn't sound just as good in daylight hours!
"Ain't that the way" is a good opener and sounds as good here as when performed live. The instrumentals show what talent Ani had as a guitarist, playing as only she can. Tracks like "OK" and "Heartbreak even" are good songs, while tracks like "kazoointoit" while still good are not the usual style.
But that said this is not your usual Ani DiFranco cd. It is very eclectic and will be enjoyed by many a fan and new-comer.
As ever with Ani's albums, you listen to the music and you are amazed. You listen to the lyrics and you are completly bowled over. If you're not an Ani fan already, then believe me, after hearing what she has to offer on this cd, you will be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not Ani's best
This double album definitely has two different vibes to it - a rather morose disc and a much bouncier one. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani's Triumphal Masterwork
Ignore the nay-sayers. This is Ani Difranco's triumphal masterwork, spanning two hours of spare guitar, looped samples and molotov cocktails of passion. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2009 by Pablo K
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best albums I've ever heard
What a shame that certain people bring down the ratings of this sublime album. It's a work of such great beauty and perfection and it's sad that certain Difranco fans are too... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2004 by "ruanjaha"
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening on a "School Night"
Unlike some other people, I feel that both CDs reflect Ani's unique music style! Both CDs are absolutely amazing, and Ani has done herself proud by choosing to put all of these... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2003 by "pianoqueen_ally"
2.0 out of 5 stars Folk Fans Beware
If you're a big fan of Ani's folk style, then beware of this album. The lyrics are superb, as usual, but with the style that Ani seems to be taking now (Jazz??? Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2002 by Harlequin565
1.0 out of 5 stars One decent track from two hours
The one star is for Grey, which is superb. As for the rest, I can't understand how fans have reacted so warmly to this. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Ani does it again
Ah, this album is lovely, real chill-out music that sooths, calms and relaxes all those problems of life into a long distant memory. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2001 by Mr. P. I. Redford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
This album is just amazing. After Upupupupupup and To the Teeth this album sees Ani go back to the folk singer style, only this time less angry and more powerful. Read more
Published on 30 April 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Late Night Album
Talk about value for money. 2 cds, packed with the fantastic music of Ani DiFranco. Personally I prefer "reckoning" as a whole. Read more
Published on 29 April 2001
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