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As good as ever
on 16 August 2006
As we have all come to expect: this is yet another example of Ani Difranco's undeniable genius shining through. Fans of her epic symphony-orchestra work may be a little disappointed, but if you're like me and prefer her gentle late-90s/early 00's material then you will adore this. I think it is probably most comparable to Up Up Up Up Up Up, what with it's soft but deep bass-lines and subtle but cutting lyrics.
Strong fans will remember her comment on Living In Clip about Righteous Babe girls complaining "what happened to your politics?" and moaning that her lyrics were becoming too personal and emotional. Her last album focussed massively on her (then) recent divorce, but those RB girls will be glad to see Ani returning to her vicious verbal political attacks on Reprieve. The word 'Reprieve' itself means "to cancel or postpone the punishment of" and Ani Difranco has been involved in a lot of work to destroy the death penalty in America, speaking on anti-death-penalty DVDs and often condemning the practice. This entire album is massively concerned with political issues such as that, from environmental issues to the death penalty to peace-making to (and yes, there is a little of it) women's struggles.
After struggling not so long ago with a damaged wrist, it is good to see Ani Difranco back and writing songs as breath-taking as she always has done. One of her best offerings to date and a must for all fans!