Red Letter Year - Ani DiFranco
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  • Summary: The latest release for this folk singer was produced with Mike Napolitano and was recorded in Louisiana.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. This is DiFranco’s most sophisticated album, a musical convergence of her best qualities: warm singing, graceful writing, experimentation.
  2. The 37-year-old singer/songwriter is a new mom in love with her daughter's dad, and the experience has saturated every element of her work, from the warmed-up sound of her voice and guitar, to the lessons learned at the end of her familiar narratives.
  3. Two years, then, feels like a long time to wait for an Ani DiFranco album. But when the results are as gorgeous as this, patience is a small price to pay.
  4. It is among DiFranco's best records, and along with Sam Phillips' "Don't Do Anything," one of the only singer/songwriter albums to really push the envelope in new directions in 2008.
  5. Looser and funkier than 2006’s "Reprieve," Red Letter Year is a dazzling folk/punk/jazz hybrid.
  6. There's nothing close to shitty about Red Letter Year; it's DiFranco's third redemptive studio album in a row (starting with 2005's "Knuckle Down") and that's certainly something worth celebrating.
  7. Much of the album sounds like she's simply going through the motions, occasionally picking imagery seemingly just because it rhymes.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. NathanielS.
    Oct 1, 2008
    Great album! Ani always does something different with every new release! Never disappoints!
  2. TheoM.
    Oct 3, 2008
    Love the new production, cleaner without losing that "raw, in your face" vibe she does so well.
  3. Nov 21, 2010
    A decent album from one of our most innovative modern musicians and poets. Her strongest work was from 1995-2001, however, and this album simply doesn't represent her music at its best. Still, no one on earth can match this woman lyrically, a fact that her fans continue to appreciate. Expand