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- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Up Up Up Up Up Up
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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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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."
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!
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.
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.]