Reprieve - Ani DiFranco
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  • Summary: The latest studio outing from the prolific singer-songwriter features production by Mike Napolitano (along with DiFranco herself) and contributions from touring musician Todd Sickafoose.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It's beautifully committed music--the kind that's as essential now as it has ever been. [11 Aug 2006, p.67]
  2. Another reassuringly exceptional album.
  3. Intimate and organic. [Sep 2006, p.74]
  4. Reprieve may not court new members to the Church of Ani, but it may well be one of those albums that fans hold up as an underappreciated favorite in the years to come.
  5. Musically, the album is more languid than earlier efforts without sacrificing the urgency of her patented guitar pluck-strum.
  6. An arresting mix of the singer's political and personal strife set to a jazzy backbeat.
  7. Subtle sounds -- acoustic instruments, electronic tones, environmental noises, distorted echoes -- well up around her, and they open up pockets of shadow around her usual pinpoint clarity. Now the atmosphere is as important as the words.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. NaceB
    Aug 25, 2006
    10
    Sweet and Sad!!
  2. coreyp
    Aug 9, 2006
    10
    its an amazing well thought out album. a must for any fan or politically charged listener
  3. MeMyself
    Aug 10, 2006
    10
    Outstanding collection.
  4. JerrodL.
    Aug 10, 2006
    8
    I've never been an Ani fan yet really like this album. All the songs are quiet and great to listen to while smoking a cigarette at midnight.
  5. AllyE
    Aug 14, 2006
    8
    Im glad to see that the music behind the voice is finally beginning to step out of the limelight. Her guitar playing, while consistently a joy to listen to, has lost some of the abrasiveness we've heard in some of her previous works. This lends to the soft and yet powerful feel that has become increasingly symbolic in her last few albums. Todd Sickafoose is a great musician of timing. Not once does he overpower the nature of ani's intention, and the two blend beautifully. A great addition to your CD collection, ani fan or not. Expand
  6. BrandonS
    Aug 18, 2006
    7
    This is a message for Nathaniel S and others like him: There's no need to call someone who expresses their opinion in this forum a "fool." Heaven forbid someone think differently from the great Nathaniel S. I read metacritic to get a variety of opinions and the reasoning behind them. Leave the classless insults out of it. Expand
  7. jay
    Aug 8, 2006
    1
    It's more of the same old crap Ani's been foisting upon her fans since Little Plastic Castle. It's kinda sad. Does anyone still find this stuff interesting anymore? Expand

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