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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00000G4NS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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ANI DIFRANCO Up Up Up Up Up Up (Deleted original 1999 UK 11-track CD album including Tis Of Thee Virtue & Come Away From It picture sleeve COOKCD17)

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Before reading this review it should be noted that I find it very difficult not to love anything that Ani does. This being said, Up up up up up up is, in my opinion, among her very best albums. The intitial track 'Tis of Thee' is lyically stunning, and the words to her songs are of the same standard throughout.
Musically the album has a funky, jamming sort of feel to it that I really enjoyed. Much of the time Ani and her band are improvising, and the results are very groovy (though at times a little surreal). The songs are well arranged and beautifully played; my particular favourites being 'Angry Anymore', 'Jukebox' and 'Tis of Thee'. If you like Ani's later work such as 'Revelling Reckoning', 'So Much Shouting So Much Laughter' and 'Evolve' then you must get this record. If you prefer her earlier work you will enjoy the rawness and energy that the album has, so buy it anyway!
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I don't really know what to say here. If you're an Ani fan, you'll *love* this. It's the beginning of her transition to more of a jazz-rock genre (as we see on Revelling/Reckoning and Evolve especially), but there's still that folk-rock air about it. I really adore this album - especially all the question-and-answer type songs, like Hat Shaped Hat. If you love Ani DiFranco as much as I do, *BUY THIS ALBUM*!!
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By A Customer on 18 May 2001
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Having recently happened on ani difranco, i bought a couple of her cd's at the same time. up up up up up up came second best for the first couple of weeks, but slowly it grew on me. Ani Difranco's sound is definately evolving and with her phenomenal output of albums it is possible that the listener might take a time to catch up. But play it, play it again, and then slowly love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not angry anymore 22 Oct. 2001
By Noreaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first got this cd, I tore it open and devoured it. And hated it. I thought it was grating, I thought it was pretentious, and I was mad at *my* Ani DiFranco for doing something different.
Now, 3+ years later, I see it differently. Watching Ani move from Upx6 to "To the Teeth" to "Revelling/Reckoning," I see the important place that Up... holds. It is part of an astounding evolution. After the first 5 albums, Ani has grown on each and every album, changing styles and directions. That said, I must say that Up Up Up is not my favorite. While I appreciate it more now than I did, there are still tracks I can't stomach (Come Away From It) and those I love (Angry Anymore).
I wouldn't recommend this album for someone who's new to Ani (try Out of Range or Little Plastic Castle instead) but it is worth your time, something I have ultimately realized. Up Up Up Up Up Up represents something different from what *my* favorite Ani stuff is, but it is still better than half the stuff out there, it is still powerful, and still worth your time. For every person like me who would choose Out of Range over this album any day of the week, there is someone who feels the exact opposite. What is great is that there are artists like DiFranco out there who are indeed *artists*, growing, experimenting, and as Michaelangelo once said, "still learning."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UP6 is worth your time 29 Oct. 2002
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I can agree with some that this is not Ani's best or even most accessible album, I must add that this is a beautiful album. As a huge Ani fan, I rushed out to buy this one and was stragenly disappointed...it sat on my bookshelf for months until I revisited it. I found some wonderful songs, beautiful language, and above all, the trademark earnestness that Ani Difranco is so famous for. While I can't say this is my favorite Ani album, I really respect the chances she takes and the trust she puts in her audience to come along for the ride. Not necessarily a must-have, but a must-listen. If you're looking for the angriness you find on other albums, it's not present here as it is on NAPG. If you're looking for a bouncy, catchy CD like Little Plastic Castle, it's not here. But if you want to listen to Ani's ever-maturing sound, this is a great album to start with ...most longtime Ani fans would agree. Her newer stuff is such a departure from her early work, it's finally refreshing to see an artist take strides to refine and experiment with her own sound, rather than rely on what she already knows works so well. That is truly what makes Ms D stand out: her willingness to forget the format and just play, for her own enjoyment as well as her audience's.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Very First Ani! 22 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After hearing so much about Ani Di Franco from fellow feminists raving about her girl power and independantly minded lyrics, I decided I would have to get an Ani Album. I'm not a big folk musik officiando, but after reading the lyrics to 'Blood in the Boardroom', I figured she was definetely worth a shot.
I don't even remember why I chose Up Up Up Up Up Up - I think it was the cheapest there, and I didn't want to spend too much on an album I might not like. I took it home, and slipped it in while I messed around the house.
Well, I wasn't real impressed. Nothing really grabbed me or got my attention. Probably because I wasn't concentrating on the musik, but letting it play in the background. I took it out later, mentally marking it as not exactly a waste of money, but not something I was gonna listen to for the sake of hearing it.
Anyway, just last week I'd decided to rotate the CDs in my collection that I hardly listen to, taking them into work so I could listen to them there and get to know them better. Up Up Up Up UP Up was one....
I don't know what it was, but as it played through the day (I put it on repeat) I found myself paying more and more attention to the songs and lyrics. By the end of the day, I was berating myself for letting it sit on my CD rack for so many months in silence!
Her lyrics and musik strike me as akin to PJ Harvey, another favourite, in their poetic, catchy simplicity. The two artists are very different indeed, but they both capture an immense raw energy and beauty.
It must be the Tom Waits/Tori Amos fan in me, but my favourites on this album are the ones everyone else is dissing...like Angel Food, Come Away, Hat Shaped Hat and Know Now Then. I love the lyrics and the way she's singing. True, the musik is a tad over simple at times, but it is still evocative. All in all this album is incredibly funky, and I love what she sings about. It may take one or two listens to fully appreciate it, but it's worth it! In terms of talent and originality she's a world ahead of 90% of the musik scene today.
Just seeing the other reviews and noting all the 'good but not her best' comments - I can't wait to get her other albums now!
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not her best... but it's still Ani 16 Feb. 1999
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So Everyone is all excited about Ani's new album and some people think she's crap and some people think she's God Herself. I think people are getting confused on what exactly selling out means. Live appearances on TV and radio airplay does not mean she is selling out. It's actually pretty incredible that she can gain the kind of FameInterviewsMagazinecovers that she has purely from touring and word of mouth (something that Tori Amos was barely able to do, even with the help of a major record label's financial support). No, this is not Ani's best album. Not nearly as emotional, beautiful and striking as OUT OF RANGE and NOT A PRETTY GIRL, her two best albums. It does not have the simplistic acoustic sound or folk melodies of LIKE I SAID or IMPERFECTLY. It does not have the novelty of DILATE and LITTLE PLASTIC CASTLE, her two previous studio albums that brought a new distinctive sound to her older formula. But that's just it, she's had her fun with novelties. What's she supposed to do, come out with a jazz CD just to sound new? How about hip hop or country? In a way she has already done that. And now she can move on. The new sounds we heard on the last two studio albums can be heard on UPUPUPUPUPUP, and you know what? I bet Ani doesn't care that she's not sounding new or novel. She's about making a living off of doing what she loves (writing and performing honest music), not trying to please critics. The critics came to HER, hailed her as new an innovative and now they are tired and will move onto their LatestDiscovery, disappointed that she has not come up with a GreatAlbumThatWillGoDownInMusicalHistory.
Anyone who knows Ani, knows that her music is mainly about being live. She is at her finest on stage, complete with flaws and mistakes. Those of you who want a portrait of just the singer, buy LIVING IN CLIP. If you want a portrait of the SONGS, then buy the studio albums.
UPUPUPUPUPUP is merely a continuation of what she has always been doing. She started as a folksinger, and she still is a folksinger (and she will probably always be a folksinger). Whether she is back to simple melodies on "Tis of Thee" or "Everest" (Jewel-esque, as some people disdainfully proclaim), or she is getting a little country with "Angry Anymore," she is STILL a folksinger. She may use vocal distortion and keyboards on "Jukebox," but she is just as funky as she was on "The Diner" back in her OUT OF RANGE days.
As for the critics and former fans who constantly gripe that she's "gone off writing about love... she's lost her politics" . . . all I have to say to you is what do you think "Both Hands" is about? "Both Hands"... her signature tune and all-time favorite of die-hards? It's a love song. What about "Falling like this" and "Hell Yeah" and "This Bouquet" and "Sorry I Am" (I could go on...)? You think she's lost her politics? Gosh, you're right! "Tis of Thee" must NOT be about racism! "Come Away" must NOT be about drug addiction! "Trickle Down" must NOT be about corporate power! Gimme a break. The very title song is about politics.
To be honest, I did not take to UPUPUPUPUPUP at first. But after several listenings I realized that she is doing what she has always done. She's documenting her live material onto an album. She's being creative in reinterpreting her own songs. She's being uninhibited. She's being a folksinger. And that's fine with me.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani lifts you up up up up up up... 22 Mar. 2000
By Beverly E McNamara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of what Rolling Stone may say, this album displays Ani's talent very nicely. The lyrics are one of a kind, yet I can see where some people may not like the music. It is very instrumental and it has quite a different feel than other Ani albums. In fact, this album is probably her most expiramental to date. One can, however, still find traces of Ani's punk-folk background here. Songs like "'tis of thee" and "Angry Anymore" sound like older Ani, or in other words, 'pre-Dilate.' [just a note: Also, for those of you perturbed by the image of a woman whose armpits haven't been shaved - AVOID the insert]. "Come Away From It" is an 8-minute+ track that features a clamer, more tranquil Ani singing from her heart. However, comtains a drum machine, which might bother those who have not yet been accustomed to a dash of electronica. It is completely moving nonetheless. "Jukebox," the grammy-nominated song last year, is great. "Angel Food" features a cheez organ and some great drumming. COMPLETELY expiramental stuff on this one. "Know Now Then" features a space phone that totally rocks. "Hat Shaped Hat," the 12:55 tune sounds almost George Clinton-esque and Ani really funks it up. The drum machine is also present here.
For all of those willing to hear a different side of Ani, check this one out. It may take some getting used to - but it the end, it will engulf you.
[note: I liked it best when I listened to it and followed along with the lyrics. You may want to try this.]
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