Which Side Are You On?

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. As fresh as Lisa Lee at the top of the key.
  2. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    Most of this spirited album strikes a natural balance between matters of the heart and causes close to DiFranco's heart.
  3. 80
    Ani DiFranco's first album in three years finds the self-proclaimed Righteous Babe in feisty, thoughtful form.
  4. Jan 11, 2012
    80
    In the unlikely event you needed any more demonstration of the woman's talent, this is it.
  5. 80
    Despite the record's ups and down, it's hard to deny DiFranco's vision and passion for her craft.
  6. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    Channeling multiple voices and styles, DiFranco rises to the cultural moment with a grin.
  7. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    [Songs on her album] do little to tarnish her well-earned reputation as a D.I.Y. force of nature.
  8. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    The melodies aren't so easily embraced; loping, ephemeral and often sounding blithely disconnected, they defy any attempt at grasping an easy hook or chorus. What's more, the loose grooves sometimes run counter to the tunes' sense of profundity.
  9. Jan 17, 2012
    63
    Some of DiFranco's attempts to be baldly political hit their mark.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 25, 2012
    9
    The long awaited album from Ani DiFranco has been well worth the wait! Never has Ani's voice sounded more clear and beautiful. The only thingThe long awaited album from Ani DiFranco has been well worth the wait! Never has Ani's voice sounded more clear and beautiful. The only thing about her voice on one song (ex: If Yr Not), it lacks emotion. Other than that, the song is pretty rad. Unworry is the other problem song on the album - where she rushes through some of the lines of the song, and you wonder why weren't these parts slowed down a bit. She sounds a little cartoonish when she does that. Some of the most beautiful songs she has ever written are present here (exs: Hearse, Mariachi, & Albacore). Some of the lyrics can be seen as not as strong as some of past efforts, but I feel over time she has written some of the most beautiful lyrics, she should be pardoned to sly through some mediocre lyrics. Still the lyrics are stronger than anything you hear on the radio. I was going to write the standout tracks from the album, but I started to write over half of the album and I decided against it, so here are the tracks that I feel are ones you can miss off the album, but the others are pretty grand: Unworry and Amendment. Full Review »