Which Side Are You On?

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  • Summary: Pete Seeger guests on DiFrancho's cover of his song Which Side Are You On? on her 16th studio album.
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  1. As fresh as Lisa Lee at the top of the key.
  2. 80
    Despite the record's ups and down, it's hard to deny DiFranco's vision and passion for her craft.
  3. 80
    Ani DiFranco's first album in three years finds the self-proclaimed Righteous Babe in feisty, thoughtful form.
  4. Jan 17, 2012
    Some of DiFranco's attempts to be baldly political hit their mark.
  5. Feb 23, 2012
    It works best when DiFranco points to contradictions within herself, and worst when her lyrics get preachy or black-and-white.
  6. Jan 17, 2012
    Which Side Are You On? shows all of DiFranco's strengths and weaknesses and it displays her increasing maturity where she is finally at peace with herself, but hasn't lost her biting wit.
  7. 50
    Here, she gets stuck in too many clunky Big Idea statements about equality and social politics.

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  1. Jan 25, 2012
    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. Expand
9.3 Imani, Vol. 1 - Blackalicious
9.3 Harmlessness - The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
9.1 New Bermuda - Deafheaven
9.1 Half Free - U.S. Girls
9.0 Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
9.0 Rub - Peaches
9.0 Didn't He Ramble - Glen Hansard
8.8 In Another Life - Bilal
8.8 Ones and Sixes - Low
8.8 DJ-Kicks: DJ Koze - DJ Koze
8.7 In Colour - Jamie xx
8.7 The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
8.7 Meliora - Ghost B.C.
8.6 How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful - Florence + the Machine
8.6 The Epic - Kamasi Washington
8.6 Meow the Jewels - Run the Jewels
8.6 Knockin' Boots - Julio Bashmore
8.5 E-MO-TION - Carly Rae Jepsen
8.5 Have You in My Wilderness - Julia Holter
8.5 Hairless Toys - Róisín Murphy