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5.0 out of 5 stars achingly moving, raw and real, 26 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Dilate (Audio CD)
This is probably the most personnal ani album. There is something for everybody; a line, a verse... which will put it in words for you, make you wish you'd come up with it yourself. Because ani Difranco is about lyrics, first and foremost. Then comes her amazing guitar technique, inspired and unique, and her voice, the voice of someone who has lived yet retains a naive faith in the things to come, a voice she uses like no-one before, as an instrument in it's own right. This is an absolutely classic album, ani fan or not. it will move you, sadden you, rise your hopes, relax you... a fantastic "time out".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Di happier rather than late, 20 Sep 2011
This review is from: Dilate (Audio CD)
I was educated into listening to ADF by my wife a few years ago and must say they have together transformed me!

This album is one of my favourites as it leaves very little to doubt. From the first track, the seemingly angry yet tender Untouchable Face, she kicks and scratches her way through Outta Me Into You. No hostages are taken! Her guitar work is breathtaking at times and the variety of rhythms she uses dazzle. Then comes Superhero, which start nice and soft with more serious guitar work and sweet melodies. She then explains how she was a Superhero and I'll leave you to listen to the track for the rest of the fab lyrics.

The title track is so mellow to begin with that you really hear the quality of her singing while she is caressing her guitar into submission. A few turns of phrase and almost giggling delivery during the painful lyrics and you know just where she was when writing this one.

Amazing grace then comes through where Ani is just showing off how well she can play her guitar followed by the slightly weird Napoleon track, that by the way has nothing to with a short one-armed frenchman!

Shameless is definitely one of the best on the album and you won't be able to resist tapping your feet to some tight syncopated rhythm work. Wondering how she does what she does? Shamelessly I'd say and even shocking at points at how she drops into softly plaintive melodies.

Done Wrong then goes on to creep into all the crevices that hurt can open up and couple with Going Down you can hear the influences that she has had on other artistes. Adam and Eve then takes probably the widest detour from the other tracks on the album before Ani delivers a song that you will fall in love with the first time you hear it.

Joyful Girl is that song and I wrote this review because this song gave me permission to believe I can.
If you have not heard this song you should buy the album simply for this one. The beauty and hope she conveys simply lifts her above all the rest and she even has room to wiggle her guitar a few times during the little run through beautiful emotions.

Buy this album and I bet you will buy more of her work.
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