Puddle Dive

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like most singer/songwriters, Ani DiFranco writes songs out of her own experience and perspective, and as of her fourth album she seems to be spending a lot of time on the road, since the life of a traveling musician is repeatedly described in the album's songs. The first two tracks, "Names and Dates and Times" and "Anyday," are about the singer's attraction to someone, but she never forgets that she won't be in town long. "4th of July" finds her passing through Iowa, and "Back Around" justifies the career of an itinerant musician as better than working in construction or retail. At times, DiFranco's bitterness gets the better of her. In "Blood in the Boardroom" she ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like most singer/songwriters, Ani DiFranco writes songs out of her own experience and perspective, and as of her fourth album she seems to be spending a lot of time on the road, since the life of a traveling musician is repeatedly described in the album's songs. The first two tracks, "Names and Dates and Times" and "Anyday," are about the singer's attraction to someone, but she never forgets that she won't be in town long. "4th of July" finds her passing through Iowa, and "Back Around" justifies the career of an itinerant musician as better than working in construction or retail. At times, DiFranco's bitterness gets the better of her. In "Blood in the Boardroom" she expresses her disapproval of the corporate record business you assume -- what else was she doing in a boardroom? by staining her chair with menstrual blood. That isn't the only time that menstruation comes up on this album, either, and it is part of DiFranco's method to seize upon topics that make some people uncomfortable and that few other songwriters bring up. Who else would use nosepicking as a metaphor for liberation? "What is it about me that offends?" she asks in "Pick Yer Nose" after having declared "I'm not hurting anyone/I'm just telling my own truth" in "Born a Lion." But of course that's disingenuous; she knows perfectly well that telling your own truth can offend people, and she sets up targets to shoot down. "Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right," she sings in "My IQ." Nevertheless, though Puddle Dive is characteristically scattershot, DiFranco as usual hits a few of those targets, even when, as not infrequently, she's aiming at herself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/1994
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • UPC: 748731700423
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 158,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Names and Dates and Times (2:39)
  2. 2 Anyday (3:00)
  3. 3 4th of July (3:03)
  4. 4 Willing to Fight (3:49)
  5. 5 Egos Like Hairdos (2:44)
  6. 6 Back Around (3:09)
  7. 7 Blood in the Boardroom (3:55)
  8. 8 Born a Lion (1:48)
  9. 9 My I.Q. (2:23)
  10. 10 Used to You (3:23)
  11. 11 Pick Yer Nose (2:44)
  12. 12 God's Country (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ani DiFranco Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Ann Rabson Piano
Mary Ramsey Violin
Andy Stochansky Percussion, Drums, Marimbas, Triangle, Vocals, Steel Drums, Djembe, Shaker
Rory McLeod Harmonica
Scott Freilich Bass
Alex Meyer Whistle (Instrument), Cuica
Scot Fisher Accordion
Technical Credits
Ani DiFranco Producer
Dale Anderson Producer
Ed Stone Producer, Engineer
Dale Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Here's Ani - Completely Raw

    This is one of my all-time favorite albums. Puddle Dive and Out of Range you will find are her most bare, naked, raw and offensive lyrics. If you like Grrrrl music, that doesnt mind who it offends to make a point.... then check out Puddle Dive

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