Ani DiFranco – Dilate
Found in Toronto recently on my annual trip to the city with Mike. It was in the 3 For $10 bin. Ani has become a go-to must-buy artist for me on these trips to the city. A Tradition, of sorts.
Quite honestly, I wish I had been hip to Ani way earlier, but this is probably my jumping-in point with her catalogue, hearing Untouchable Face on a CMJ sampler CD. Over the years I’ve owned, sold off (needing cash), and re-bought most (if not all) of her records. Whenever I’m in a period where I don’t have any of her stuff in the house, I immediately go get me some. I should just keep the damn things…
… because they are so damn GOOD! This lady makes knock-out records like you make… well, most people don’t ever do anything this cool. But she keeps cranking out these excellent records, and all on her own label with her own resources and smarts. She’s not just a star, she’s an idol. Someone for us all to look up to as a paragon of wit, energy, talent, independent strength and getting it done!
Another thing to love is her guitar work, as always, and it shines here on each of these songs. Untouchable Face has so much vitriol in a pretty song it’s awesome. Napoleon soars, Shameless’ guitar and lyrics are just stellar. Oh, and then there’s Outta Me, Onto You, Superhero, Dilate, Amazing Grace, Done Wrong, Going Down, Adam & Eve and Joyful Girl. All brilliant. All of them. Seriously.