Revelling/Reckoning - Ani DiFranco
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  • Summary: The normally prolific DiFranco hasn't released a new album since 1999's 'To The Teeth,' but now she returns with a vengeance: this 2-disc, 2-hour, 29-track collection of new songs. Ani goes solo on about half the tracks; the others feature members of her touring band. Guest musicians include trumpter Jon Hassell, sax man Maceo Parker, and guitarist Lloyd Maines. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Pick from either the funky Revelling or the more downbeat Reckoning and you'll be rewarded with an intimate new mood or insight, expertly framed by the singer's acoustic-based every-style. [13 Apr 2001, p.76]
  2. 90
    This inspired, two-disc, 29-track set is one part musical grandstand like Prince's Sign O' the Times, one part marital saga like Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love. [5/2001, p.139]
  3. 90
    She once again raises the bar for her personal best... [#50, p.85]
  4. While the acoustic simplicity of Reckoning seems thin at first, particularly beside Revelling's sensual, bombastic joy, the croons and ballads grow on you, if not for their melancholy navel-gazing, then for their languid, old-school folksiness.
  5. Her most skillful and soulful work thus far.
  6. Supposedly split into two themes, it turns out that the music throughout is interchangeable; any track could have appeared on either CD.
  7. 40
    Would have benefited from more stringent editing... [Jun/Jul 2001, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nov 21, 2010
    10
    Incorporating a variety of musical styles and utilizing her talented ensemble of musicians, Ani rides one of her great musical peaks while retaining her crown as our best modern poet. This album was one of the best of the decade. Expand
  2. Jan 25, 2012
    10
    Most definitely in my top 5 favorite albums by Ms. DiFranco. Not necessarily an album that you would loan to someone that you wanted to start liking Ani's music, but definitely an album full of emotional themes! Expand

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