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on 19 January 2005
Firstly, I just want to say that I highly recommend this album!
I walked into a small CD shop- you know the ones that aren't chains. Had a little look around and thought I'd see if they had any Ani CDs. To my amazement they had her new album a week before it's UK release, don't know why but naturally I bought it to hear it before everyone else.
I have been listening to the 'taster' songs on her website and they say it all really- pure genius. It really is start to finish an excellent album and to think its her 15 studio album (if you count 'like i said')- it just amazes me how she can keep churning out such good music.
A lot of people were disappointed with her previous album 'educated guess' but i assure you this one is in a league of it's own. There isn't a weak track, each song is beautiful. It is easily one of the strongest contenders for her greatest album.
Out of her previous albums that I own (I don't own them all) I would say if you like the slower, beautiful songs on 'out of range' then this CD will amaze you because it has a really beautiful feel about it that's similar (although not the same- no Ani CD is the same).
So overall, you don't have to be an already diehard fan to appreciate this music. I would say that it's an album you can buy to start your collection of Ani Difranco and then afterwards dipp into her early stuff.
If you're already a diehard fan then you are almost guarenteed to enjoy this.
She is remarkable, so unbelievably talented that sometimes it's hard to see what the point of other female songwriters is when you've got Ani Difranco.
Check out the songs on her website
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on 3 February 2005
Finally an album to compare to the fantastic 90's albums. Picked a copy up in early January in a tine indie record store and can't stop playing it. Personally love Sunday Morning and the title track Knuckle Down. Her gig in March is going to be brilliant.
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on 27 March 2006
When i first got this album, i will be honest to say that i struggled with it, but once you give ani difranco some time you realise she is a beautiful song writer with a unique voice and a great talent. She is prolific artist and i have recently bought plastic castles but i find "knuckle down" a much stronger album. I would recommend ani but be prepared to work at it.
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on 6 November 2006
This is a amazingly powerful album, with all the political strength and feminism you would expect from Difranco. However, there is a beauitful optimism within this album and a happiness that has been missing from previous records. Her wonderful passion is still present and you will feel empowered by the album, but through a sense of justice not anger; all though it is clear that she still thinks Bush is another word for C**t and that the gun-culture and general lack of love in america is the root of all evil-I'm sure she's not alone there!

It's a wonderfully uplifting yet relaxing album. If you loved Out Of Range, To the Teeth and Ani Difranco, you'll love this!!!!
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on 21 March 2005
Yes, anyone whose been listening to Ani up to now will just expect amazingness and more amazingness, but truly, I think this is some of the best stuff she's produced in a while. It has some amazing tracks, Man Hole, Studying Stones, Recoil, and of corse, Knuckledown, really standing out. She's again created an original sound, which is slightly different to her normal stuff, and is brilliant! So, yes, buy it!
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on 21 August 2009
bit different than earlier cds of ani, more tonned down, and slower. am not a big fun of it but i could still find few songs i liked.
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