Revelling: Reckoning

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
With Revelling/Reckoning, iconoclastic neo-folkie and successful indie-label entrepreneur Ani DiFranco takes on her biggest musical challenge to date. The expansive, eclectic package is evenly divided between acoustic numbers and more groove-oriented tracks on which DiFranco is backed by her jam-prone road band. By combining the singer/songwriter/guitarist's longstanding impulse towards feisty lyrical introspection with her late-blooming affinity for rhythmic rocking, the 2-CD, 29-song collection offers a good cross section of the qualities that have endeared DiFranco to her rabidly loyal audience. Her hyperactive guitar strumming drives such tunes as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
With Revelling/Reckoning, iconoclastic neo-folkie and successful indie-label entrepreneur Ani DiFranco takes on her biggest musical challenge to date. The expansive, eclectic package is evenly divided between acoustic numbers and more groove-oriented tracks on which DiFranco is backed by her jam-prone road band. By combining the singer/songwriter/guitarist's longstanding impulse towards feisty lyrical introspection with her late-blooming affinity for rhythmic rocking, the 2-CD, 29-song collection offers a good cross section of the qualities that have endeared DiFranco to her rabidly loyal audience. Her hyperactive guitar strumming drives such tunes as the funk-inflected "Ain't That the Way," while her rabble-rousing protest roots are evident on such politically charged numbers as "Your Next Bold Move," and the revealing insights of "Garden of Simple" and "Marrow" offer reminders of why DiFranco maintains such an intimate relationship with her fans. Elsewhere, she expands her sonic and stylistic range with instrumental interludes and spoken-word passages, as well as guest appearances by such diverse notables as ex-James Brown saxman Maceo Parker, avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell, and pedal steel maestro Lloyd Maines.
All Music Guide - Darren Ratner
It's clear Ani DiFranco never hesitates to swim in a gulf of her own lyrical prowess. A storyteller herself, she takes pride in her tales of heartbreak, society's woes, and life's journey. Phrases like "but the bacteria are coming to take us down, that's my prediction...it's the answer to this culture of the quick fix prescription" hands you a vision through her periscope of the world. DiFranco's status as a sublime symbol of artistic elegance is well proven through words on this revelling album.
Spin Magazine - Eric Weisbard
"9"... In a way, Revelling/Reckoning is an attempt at career resurrection by an artist who has always insisted that she follows only her own muse.... This inspired two-disc, 29-track set is one part musical grandstand like Prince's Sign O' the Times (whose title track she evokes with a tongue drum), one part marital saga like Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love (where, similarly, relationship travails focused scattershot anthems). Disc 1, Revelling, is sunny-side-up, its dominant-note full-band arrangements augmenting DiFranco's warm, wet embrace of the world with impressively orchestrated horn sections. Disc 2, Reckoning, is introspective: curlicued guitar runs and 3 A.M. letters.

"9"... In a way, Revelling/Reckoning is an attempt at career resurrection by an artist who has always insisted that she follows only her own muse.... This inspired two-disc, 29-track set is one part musical grandstand like Prince's Sign O' the Times (whose title track she evokes with a tongue drum), one part marital saga like Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love (where, similarly, relationship travails focused scattershot anthems). Disc 1, Revelling, is sunny-side-up, its dominant-note full-band arrangements augmenting DiFranco's warm, wet embrace of the world with impressively orchestrated horn sections. Disc 2, Reckoning, is introspective: curlicued guitar runs and 3 A.M. letters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • UPC: 748731702427
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 94,989

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ani DiFranco Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Tambur, Tongue Drum, Key Bass, Guitar (Baritone)
Maceo Parker Saxophone
Scot Fisher Voices
Technical Credits
Ani DiFranco Producer
Goat Boy Gilchrist Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ani's best album¿ so far.

    Before I stumbled into this album I'd never heard about Ani Difranco, but after listening to two or three tracks, including the brilliant "Ain't that the way", I decided to buy it. It's really great, songs like "ok" or "What How When Where" are funky, and Ani's guitar play sounds remarkably bouncy and twangy, but on the other hand you've got quiet, introspective songs like "Garden of simple" or "Reckoning". There are a few little flaws about this album nevertheless: I think some of the instrumentals are a bit bold, they just seem to take up disc space.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One can't exist without the other...

    These 2 CDs offer such a poetic diamond of work by DiFranco.Aside from Ani's ever-evolving, yet original style,we're treated yet again to her brilliant phrasings and strums of her guitar. ''Revelling'' is the first CD that's delivered in a carefree, measured attitude that flows into ''Reckoning'',sweet and haunting unadorned songs that exude 4 A.M. entries in our journals. Neither CD is better than the other,and as a whole: Marvelous.(How many of us have ''...Shattered into a shower of sparks on the curb?'')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fire without any need for fuel

    This double disc set is beautifully crafted and there is music for any mood. The Revelling CD has everything from Catchy pop songs like ''Who What When Where Why'' and ''Heartbreak Even'' to introspective commentary on our times - ''Garden of Simple'' ''Tamburitza Lingua.'' The second disk is a personal look at a lot of issue that are evidently close to the artist's heart: Racism, Oppression, & struggles in relationships. ''Your Next Bold Move'' still gives me chill bumps everytime I listen to it. Very powerful lyrics! Beautiful Guitar!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tossed out the window of love's El Camino

    Revealing. Piercing. Thank you Ani. The tracks 'School Night' and 'Grey' display the 'tortured melodramatic' artistry that myself and many others have come to adore. What can I say, it's just one of my truths. Definitely pick this set up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lyrical Tour de Force

    This CD-set includes some of Ani's absolute best work to date. The melodies on the first disc are so infectious, I literally can't get them out of my head; I think that's the sign of truly great album. ''Reckoning,'' in contrast is highly introspective, and will make you think, as DiFranco's politically/emotionally charged tracks usually do. ''Revelling,'' however, is a masterpiece, a compilation of jazzy brass, rhythmic techno, lyrical guitar and Ani's voice at its most compelling. My favorites include O.K., Marrow, Heartbreak Even, Kazoointoit, Rock Paper Scissors, Subdivision, Sick of Me, Revelling, and honestly... there's not a single song of the 29 that I don't like. It's a must have for any collection, regardless of your musical tastes, since DiFranco crosses artistic boundaries and ventures into so many genres in this set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful songwriting

    This CD is great- Ani continues to outdo herself! While revelling has a lot more instruments and is upbeat, reckoning is quieter and many of the song include just Ani and her acoustic guitar. All of her lyrics are great and I never tire of listening to this cd! I would recommend it to anyone no matter what genres they usually lis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ani does it again

    This cd show's ani's evolution as a musician. It is ani's same great music making style only better. Ani has come along way from just her voice and guitar, this cd is a reflection of that. She appreciates and ackowledges her roots and her future, in this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A real stunner!

    Ani has really outdone herself this time with two CDs of evocative, aesthetically pleasing material that showcases the full range of her talent. From rich, complex tracks that feature her stellar band to quieter, folkier songs with just Ani and her guitar, this epic double album should please all of Ani's various fan factions. Standouts for me include ''Tamboritza Lingua'' and ''What How When Where (Why Who)'' on the more sonically experimental first disc and ''So What,'' ''Subdivision,'' and ''Sick of Me'' on the more lyrical second disc.

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