ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#7] Ani DiFranco By
Tired of feeling
like nobody represents your deepest progressive beliefs? Try Ani DiFranco. Not
only is her career history empowering (23 albums on her own label, with the
majors still trying to sign her), but she doesnt cop out to either pop-princess
adornments or personal censorship. On her latest album, DiFranco continues her
trademark style - an expressive, somewhat childlike voice and an acoustic guitar
that resonates like an orchestra. I love the way Ani uses her overdubbed background
voices - they sound like an organ riff on Bliss Like This. She offers
several spoken-word pieces, among them, Grand Canyon, which asks
Why cant all decent men and women call themselves feminists?
and the amusing Akimbo. While conservatives may blanch at her outspokenness,
DiFrancos commitment to a stripped-down, jazz-pop-folk -poetry-and-soul
groove may yet find her breaking through to widespread popularity - and this
album could do it for her.