CD REVIEW: Ani DiFranco
Evolve (Righteous Babe)
By Caroline Horn
For years, feminists insisted that the personal is political. Then, in came Ani DiFranco explaining, song by song, that actually, folks, the political is very, very personal. On Evolve, the folk-funk-slam-poet again serves up diary-worthy details, continuing to avoid sentimental self-absorption with her blistering musical talent. The same water-tight ensemble from 2001's Revelling/Reckoning helps DiFranco bring jazz elements into her hybrid sound. "Promised Land" opens the album with cascading organ and brass swells. On "Slide," the syncopated horns and vocals nod to Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark as DiFranco's acoustic strumming leads the band into a rock groove that's thrillingly crisp. "O My My" surprises with a turn-off into Dixieland. It's an exciting new release proving once again that there's nothing DiFranco's afraid to sayor play.
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