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
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  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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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Nov 21, 2010
    4
    A weak album from one of our most innovative modern musicians and poets. Her lyrics - as always - are smarter than anyone else's, but as a huge fan I can say that this is one album I would NOT recommend. Expand

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