Ani DiFranco - Reprieve - CD
Every new album from singer/songwriter/guitarist Ani DiFranco gives listeners a reason to get excited about music all over again, and her latest collection of songs is no exception: 13 tracks featuring her signature blend of poetry, politics and dazzling musicianship. Recorded primarily in her home studio in pre-Katrina New Orleans with bassist Todd Sickafoose, Reprieve is the clearest demonstration yet of Ani's talents as a producer, crafting an overall sound as clear, precise and succinct as her lyrics have always been. This is classic Ani territory - a place where individual songs can't be easily separated into "personal" and "political" categories, because those concerns inevitably overlap. It's a picture of what's been going on in Ani's mind lately - and probably yours, too - during turbulent times on the personal, cultural and global front. Reprieve finds Ani speaking her mind, singing from her heart and playing music like her life - like all of our lives - depended on it.