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Ani DiFranco: Revelling/Reckoning

Magazine article Herizons

Ani DiFranco: Revelling/Reckoning

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ANI DIFRANCO: REVELLING/RECKONING

Politically correct folk music isn't generally a phrase that will make you want to run out to your local Sam the Record Man and lay down cold, hard cash.

However, if the creator of the tunes in the aforementioned genre is Ani DiFranco it's rarely a foolish move to separate yourself from your money. That said, the big question that arises upon listening to her 11th studio effort, Revelling/Reckoning, is, "Does the world need a double-disc set featuring 29 new songs?"

To answer this question, I played a mere 50 percent of the material for a friend, who looked at me with an expression of extremely polite ennui and said, "Gee, that is a lot of Ani DiFranco." Truer words have never been spoken.

Unfortunately, this is the type of concept album that just doesn't work as a collection of stand alone tracks. If you want to get the full breadth of DiFranco's considerable vision, then you have to make a substantial time commitment.

Revelling/Recokoning is a testament of an artist in flux. This recording finds her exploring the often frustrating terrain of jazz with extended fusion riffs and multiple instrumental tracks. Harkening back to her last few albums, most notably Little Plastic Castles, Dilate and The Teeth, she continues to infuse her work with the divergent elements of bluegrass and funkadelia. All of this gets a little exhausting, leaving the listener to wonder: What's going on, Ani?

On the up side, this studio album has a decidedly live feel owing largely to the fact it was recorded by DiFranco's tight touring band. …

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