Ani DiFranco's latest outing, the double-disc Revelling/Reckoning, is a provocative journey through her hybrid of ever-evolving punk- and funk-based folk.
Ani DiFranco's latest outing, the double-disc Revelling/Reckoning, is a provocative journey through her hybrid of ever-evolving punk- and funk-based folk. The jazzy Revelling revisits the horns DiFranco introduced on To the Teeth, but the revelling itself is quite restrained; she only follows the spirit of the title in the funky rave-up "Ain't That the Way." Don't think it isn't a keeper, though, as the glistening "Garden of Simple," the plucky "Tamboritza Lingua," and the lilting "Marrow" are particularly good. On Reckoning, the artist's sparse production makes for a wonderfully intimate setting. DiFranco primarily uses an acoustic guitar to throw handfuls of music into the air as she ruminates—in her husky way—about trials and tribulations both personal and political. Such gems as "Grey" and "Don't Nobody Know" cement its melancholy atmosphere, and the disc's crown jewel, "School Night," proves why DiFranco's poetic prowess is revered. The indie's indie effortlessly upholds her title.—CLT
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