Reverend Jax Posted May 25, 2003 Share Posted May 25, 2003 (edited) Many might have heard of Ani DiFranco, many of you may be fans, many of you might have written her off as a militant feminist preachy type. But Ani DiFranco is extremely talented and important in a today's music industry. First of all, she has an incredible beautiful voice. It runs the spectrum from ultra angry to fragail and delicate, but there is always real commanding power to her voice. She's got the kind of voice that sort of makes you pay attention. Secondly, she's a good guitarist. She's no a guitar heo or anything, but plays the acoustic pretty creatively at times and every now and then impressively fast. Thirdly, she's a really good song writer. She's a balls-out kinda writer. She lays it all out with no shame or remorse and tends not to hold back, but still has a good sense of humor about herself. Her lyrics are poetry that hold up on there own without music, but are complimented well by it, Bob Dylan style. But I think she's most important because she's probably the most successful recording artist never to sign a record deal. She decided to start up her own record label because she wanted to do everything on her own terms. So now she's one of the few remaining artist who put out one studio album every year (she missed a few years, but also released two albums some years, overall: 12 LPs, 1 two disc LP, 1 EP and 2 two disc live albums since 1990). She has made like only 2 music videos, and makes about twice as much per album sale as most major recording artists. In a time when there's like 4 major record labels and only one radio conglomerate, the washed down stale blandness of mainstream music is become more obvious every year, and it's good to know it's possible for musicians to forge their own paths. And make it with no radio or video support. I only have two of her albums (though I've heard many songs off her other albums), but they are considered by many fans to be among her best, so I'll give you a run down of each. Not A Pretty Girl: Something of a breakthrough album for Ani. Angry, unforgiving, and introspective. This album is fueled by rage and sorrow. My personnal favorite track is 'The Million You Never Made'. It builds up slowly and my the last minute of the song it's a full out assault of emotion. Look up 'intense' in the dictionary, this song will be listed for reference. If you like it try 'Shy' and '32 Flavors' for a different tone and if you like those, get them all. Little Plastic Castle: A light hearted, sometimes mellow, sometimes goofy album. This album is much better for chilling to. Try listening to my favorite track, 'Fuel'. The lyrics are great and very free flowing. If you like 'Fuel', try out 'Little Plastic Castle' and 'Pixie'. If you liek those, check the rest out. Edited May 25, 2003 by Jack's Meandering Thoughts Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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