Educated Guess

Educated Guess

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by Ani DiFranco
     
 
This Buffalo, New York-based one-woman industry has long blazed her own path, but not since the turn of the '90s has the trail been so solitary. On Educated Guess, she handles every single chore herself -- writing, singing, performing, recording, and producing -- and the result departs significantly from DiFranco's recent outings, which have been adorned with

Overview

This Buffalo, New York-based one-woman industry has long blazed her own path, but not since the turn of the '90s has the trail been so solitary. On Educated Guess, she handles every single chore herself -- writing, singing, performing, recording, and producing -- and the result departs significantly from DiFranco's recent outings, which have been adorned with brass sections and electronics. But the incisive nature of her writing hasn't changed a bit: "Origami"-- which serves notice of intent in its opening couplet ("I am an all-powerful Amazon warrior, not just some sniveling girl") -- offers a seamless blend of stridency and vulnerability, held together by DiFranco's arcing vocal. Her flair for baring just enough soul on relationship songs like "Swim" engenders empathy while avoiding the common pitfall of making the listener feel obliged to comfort the artist. Stripping down to voice and guitar hasn't hampered DiFranco's uncanny ability to skip from style to style: She touches on torchy jazz via the lilting "Bliss Like This" and festoons "Animal" with lacy filigrees redolent of classic English folk. As she often does, DiFranco also tucks a spoken-word piece into the disc, this one being the electrifying "Grand Canyon," on which she rails against those who follow any leader blindly -- and in favor of what she calls "the coolest 'F-word' ever," that being feminism. She's already forged a practically unbreakable bond with her fans -- but Educated Guess proves that Ani DiFranco isn't satisfied with merely preaching to the choir: She continues to move forward, carrying listeners along in her wake.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
Few indie artists (or "mainstream" artists, for that matter) can rival the body of work of radical folkster Ani DiFranco. Without the backing of a major label (or seeking it), DiFranco has gone her own way at every fork in the road and proven herself to be an inspiring creative force. With her provocative views, sardonic wit, and poetic acumen, she's an anti-establishment jugular biter with a sweet smile. About as solo as an album can be -- DiFranco wrote, played, sang, and produced everything -- Educated Guess is a tribute to her talent and industry. But DiFranco is a rare -- and authentic -- stylist who has set the bar very high for herself. The canny wordsmithing and busy guitar work are here; she is as proficient at execution as ever. DiFranco is the consummate musical experimentalist, and while that can be a hit-and-miss game, it's also the key to greener pastures, new ideas, and fresh musical territory. And that's the primary virtue of Educated Guess: a different kind of DiFranco album that, not for the first time, finds the artist on her way to somewhere else.
Blender - Tom Moon
These are among the most rivetingly unconventional vocal performances she's ever offered.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Righteous Babe
UPC:
0748731703424
catalogNumber:
34

Tracks

  1. Platforms
  2. Swim
  3. Educated Guess
  4. Origami
  5. Bliss Like This
  6. The True Story of What Was
  7. Bodily
  8. You Each Time
  9. Animal
  10. Grand Canyon
  11. Company
  12. Raincheck
  13. Akimbo
  14. Bubble

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