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5.0 out of 5 stars
Not a Pretty Girl
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on 24 June 2009
Ani DiFranco's sixth album Not a Pretty Girl is generally regarded by fans as her greatest work, as it really showcases her talent for feminist political lyric writing, percussive guitar playing, well-produced songs and diversity of sound. Here, the arrangements are at their best, an area between the folky starkness of her previous albums and the full-band arrangements of her later albums.

The lyrics are subversive, raw and honest, tackling a wide variety of issues, including the music industry in "The Million You Never Made", bisexuality and social boundaries in "Light of Some Kind", inspiring self-revelation in "32 Flavours", and the media and beauty standards on the title track (on a personal note, this is the song that resonates with me the most; her lyrics are wonderfully written).
Although some songs are quite experimental and raw ("Coming Up" and "Tiptoe" in particular), one can't help but admire DiFranco for her honesty and individuality. Not a Pretty Girl is destined to be a classic for years to come.
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on 5 March 2013
This is one of Ani's older, angrier albums so it has an excellent, rocky feel to it and is a great CD for blasting out your lungs to!
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on 7 January 2001
as you hear yet another person say 'she's not got very much self-esteem has she?'. ani difranco is more than your usual chick and geetar combo. rythmn is the key to her music with a percussive motif sometimes thwacking the guitar, sometimes mixing drums. the title track is more of a celebration than a lament, something you can only pick up if you know more of ms. difranco's work, not recommended as an introduction. nontheless, the album rates five stars if only for the stark honesty of the lyrics and the fierce treatment of a poor acoustic guitar. as with most of ani difranco's music, compassionate social commentaries (32 flavours) and wrenching self-examinations (light of some kind) go hand in hand.
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