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  • Audio CD (21 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B0000058MS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Difranco,Ani ~ Dilate

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Following up two of her strongest records, Not a Pretty Girl and Out of Range, Dilate takes a different tack. It's quieter and more lush than previous efforts but just as intensely personal, with songs like "Untouchable Face" that are easier to identify with than many other DiFranco tunes. At the same time, DiFranco's old fans might not recognize the sound here, especially on tracks like the trip-hop-influenced "Amazing Grace," the shuffling "Napoleon," or the indescribable "Shameless"--this isn't the same thrash-folkie of old. There's a lot to like on Dilate, especially if you're a fan of Portishead or Lisa Germano, but it takes some getting used to. After spending time with the album, you may find it as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans, but you also might find out that the jeans never really fit quite right. --Randy Silver

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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good well rounded album by Ani Difranco. You've got your soft, sad and sorrowful tunes to cry to (Done wrong, Adam and Eve, Joyful Girl, Untouchable face), your beaty angry tunes (Outta Me Into You, Napoleon, Shameless, Going Down, Superhero) and one bizarre 'cover' (Amazing Grace). So far the best Ani Difranco album I've bought for listening to over and over again.
For those of you who've never heard Ani Difranco (and this is a worthy one to get as your first) I guess the main features of this music are poetic angry lyrics mixed in with soft wailing tunes, great guitar playing blended in with interesting beats and background instrumentals. You can cry or lull yourself to sleep on the soft tunes and thump in rhythm or rage (non-violently) with the harder beatful ones. Over all the album is rich in sound, interesting and just plain good to listen to.
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By A Customer on 18 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ironic, don't you think, that since before Alanis could wail, the lesser-known but greater-gifted Ani DiFranco has been producing love and life power songs deep from the soul, with lyrics so spot on that you feel like they were written for you, regardless of whether you've been there or not. This is her best album (Little Plastic Castles being a close second) and if you don't own it, don't know it, haven't felt the pure emotion that is Ani, then your life is seriously incomplete (or you've never had any problems in your life and are too happy for your own good).
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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.
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