Educated Guess - Ani DiFranco
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's latest is a solo release in every sense of the word, as DiFranco wrote, produced, played, and sang everything on the album (not to mention releasing it on her own record label).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Educated Guess is an absolutely stunning creation, although it did take a few listens for me to begin to fully appreciate what I was hearing.
  2. Here she returns to the stark, acoustic feel of earlier recordings, and the sense of isolation in such numbers as "Swim" is reinforced by her creative approach. [18 Jan 2004]
  3. 74
    She dives into a murkier, less-definable world that is part acoustic neo-soul, part spoken word and dreamier than you might imagine. [#9, p.102]
  4. It's worth putting up with a few overbearing moments to hear someone so willing to take chances.
  5. Educated Guess explores new musical territory that is challenging enough to engage even the most folk-averse listeners while it maintains a unity of tone which yields a highly listenable work.
  6. THe jazzy stylings are a mixed blessing... [but] her fans will not be disappointed. [Mar 2003, p.101]
  7. It's just so staccato and nonlinear, a sort of free-jazz version of rock with just too much going on and little worth hearing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. monica
    Jan 29, 2004
    10
    simply amazing
  2. aniappreciator
    Feb 15, 2004
    10
    dig deeper, folks. we are lucky to be around at the same time at this album (and her others...). in the future, people will wistfully dream dig deeper, folks. we are lucky to be around at the same time at this album (and her others...). in the future, people will wistfully dream of living during ani's time, and you'll be napping...WAKE UP! this is a great album... Expand
  3. dorrie
    Apr 5, 2004
    10
    I believe this album is one of her greatest achievements. Along with having absolutely amazing lyrics, as usual, she is now using the music I believe this album is one of her greatest achievements. Along with having absolutely amazing lyrics, as usual, she is now using the music to portray the words in it's own way. In her previous albums, which were all incredible with great music, there was a level of superficiality to it. The music was there for her to sing along with. Over time, her albums have gotten better and gotten more sophisticated...this one is by far the most sophisticated yet. Expand
  4. TonyW
    Jul 1, 2004
    9
    Loved it.
  5. AdamB
    Jan 21, 2004
    8
    Nearly perfect! This is what I've been waiting for! She doing it just how I like it, just guitar and killer lyrics. Ignore E! Online, I Nearly perfect! This is what I've been waiting for! She doing it just how I like it, just guitar and killer lyrics. Ignore E! Online, I mean c'mon it's E! what do they know? Let them keep on kissing Britney's a**! Ani is singing from the heart here and you can feel it! "Bodily" is the most starkly honest and deepest song I think I've ever heard her sing. The title song is Ani at her best, lyrics and music combining to make something just wonderfully filling and touching. There is no who can touch her! Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2010
    4
    Probably the worst album ever from one of our most innovative modern musicians and poets. This dissonant album lacks the musical ingenuity ofProbably the worst album ever from one of our most innovative modern musicians and poets. This dissonant album lacks the musical ingenuity of much of her other work. Expand
  7. jamall
    Jan 21, 2004
    0
    If you like overwrought crap, this is the cd for you.

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