So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Ani DiFranco's independence-driven personality and maverick business sense often threaten to overshadow the sheer power and passion of her music -- the very talents that garnered her such a dedicated following in the first place. This double-disc live collection puts the focus squarely on DiFranco's vivid songwriting, boldly illustrating how far she's come, musically speaking, from the strident punk-folkie that stormed her way onto the scene all those years ago. Comprising mostly material written since the release of her last live outing, Living in Clip, the 23-song So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter carries plenty of emotional weight -- particularly on the first disc,...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Ani DiFranco's independence-driven personality and maverick business sense often threaten to overshadow the sheer power and passion of her music -- the very talents that garnered her such a dedicated following in the first place. This double-disc live collection puts the focus squarely on DiFranco's vivid songwriting, boldly illustrating how far she's come, musically speaking, from the strident punk-folkie that stormed her way onto the scene all those years ago. Comprising mostly material written since the release of her last live outing, Living in Clip, the 23-song So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter carries plenty of emotional weight -- particularly on the first disc, which DiFranco subtitles "Stray Cats," a nod to the songs' offbeat and scrappy appeal. Here, "Cradle and All" takes on an uncommon drive, and the one-two punch of "Letter to a John"/"Tamburitza Lingua" simply stuns with its raw intensity. The second disc, subtitled "Girls' Singing Night," is structured more like one of DiFranco's recent live shows, buoyed by the swinging horn section that's brought new brightness to songs like "Ain't That the Way" and "Jukebox." The set is peppered with new material, including a fully evolved take on "Self-Evident," a piece inspired by -- and written very soon after -- the attacks of September 11th. DiFranco's take on that topic is as iconoclastic as her worldview, but it's delivered with an irresistible combination of brain, sinew, and heart.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Upon opening the CD case of So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter, one is greeted with a picture of an automobile shop with a sign reading, "We Believe in God -- America -- Trucks." One imagines that Ani DiFranco and her fellow New Yorkers find a number of similar sentiments as their progressive folk show travels across small-town America. Despite such nativist impulses, DiFranco also finds a warm, responsive audience wherever she travels. Her first live album in five years, So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter documents the Righteous Babe in a number of settings, captured between September 2000 and April 2002. Like 1997's Living in Clip, one can't really hope to reproduce a DiFranco concert on a single disc. The performances are seamlessly sequenced, meaning one can put both discs in the CD changer, crank up the volume, and settle into the easy chair for a private show. Also like Living in Clip, DiFranco revels in boisterous crowds as she delivers fresh interpretations of familiar favorites there's a minimal overlap of material between the two discs. The material on each disc falls under a different umbrella. The first, "Stray Cats," gathers a handful of set list standards, including "To the Teeth," "Napoleon," and "Swan Dive." The second disc, "Girls Singing Night," concentrates heavily on DiFranco's feminist leanings, with pieces like "Ain't That the Way," "Reckoning," and "Dilate." What pulls everything together, regardless of theme or which disc is in the player, is DiFranco's usual all-or-nothing vocals bolstered by her fabulous band. Even with familiar fare like "Letter to a John" and "Not a Pretty Girl," keyboardist Julie Wolf, bassist Jason Mercer, and drummer Daren Hahn kick the intensity level up another notch. One more layer of icing is added to this multi-tiered sound when the horn section cuts loose on pieces like "32 Flavors." The package is sweetened by the inclusion of a few rare pieces along with a new poem/song, "Self Evident," written in response to the attack on the World Trade Center. So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter captures DiFranco and friends in vibrant form and shouldn't be missed.
Billboard
Here, the eloquent contrarian is in her element--in peak form, in fact.

Here, the eloquent contrarian is in her element--in peak form, in fact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • UPC: 748731702922
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 335,982

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swan Dive (6:48)
  2. 2 Letter to a John/Tamburitza Lingua (7:50)
  3. 3 Grey (5:31)
  4. 4 Cradle and All (4:40)
  5. 5 Whatall Is Nice (5:39)
  6. 6 What How When Where (Why Who) (4:34)
  7. 7 To the Teeth (7:09)
  8. 8 Revelling (4:28)
  9. 9 Napoleon (6:34)
  10. 10 Shrug (4:36)
  11. 11 Welcome To: (4:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Comes a Time (0:22)
  2. 2 Ain't That the Way (4:54)
  3. 3 Dilate (5:55)
  4. 4 Gratitude (3:49)
  5. 5 Rock Paper Scissors (4:55)
  6. 6 32 Flavors (4:02)
  7. 7 Loom/Pulse (6:16)
  8. 8 Not a Pretty Girl (3:20)
  9. 9 Self Evident (9:10)
  10. 10 Reckoning (5:22)
  11. 11 My I.Q. (2:27)
  12. 12 Jukebox (5:56)
  13. 13 You Had Time (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ani DiFranco Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Hans Teuber Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices
Julie Wolf Keyboards, Vocals, Voices
Jason Mercer Bass
Daren Hahn Drums
Todd Horton Trumpet
Shane Endsley Trumpet
Ravi Best Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ani DiFranco Producer, Art Direction, Illustrations
Greg Calbi Mastering
Andrew Gilchrist Engineer, Contributor
Brian Grunert Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the new and the old

    when i first got this cd i noticed the amount of older songs on it and while i was hoping for more new songs, the new takes on some of the old ones were quite wonderful...over all it has a nice flow and it is as though you can feel the sifts of creativity from the past to the present and a direction for the future. in the end the mix of political and personal; old and new; up beat and slow songs makes it a living peradoxical element eager to be heard again and again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Ani!

    This is an awesome CD...lots of different twists on songs that were on previous CDs...raw and powerful. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Honestly

    Honestly it's not quite what I was expecting. Why the four stars then?? because it's still Ani performing live and that's always something! Also "Self Evident" is brave, honest and skillfull. "My IQ" is funny and relating at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So much talent, so much music

    With the impending release of her second live album, Ani DiFranco fans are in for a treat with ''So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter.'' The songs are taken from all over the place, yet the set flows from one track to another as if it were all taken from one night. As usual DiFranco's stage banter is cute and hilarious and you can feel the rapport that Ani has with her fellow musicians. That's what they are- fellow musicians, not a backing band! All-in-all, buy it, you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Self-Indulgent Bombast

    Ani DiFranco is a perfect example of style and attitude taking precedence over actual content. She also provides an object lesson in why artists SHOULDN'T be allowed to have their own labels. As her prolific output indicates, there is a total lack of editing here. I doubt she ever has a song idea that DOESN'T get released on album. I am not saying that she is devoid of talent, merely that she is diluting her talent by indiscriminately releasing every random thought she has.She reminds me of one of those irritating people who talk constantly, apparently just to hear their own voice, regardless of whether or not they have anything interesting or meaningful to say. Sorry, Ani, I don't find you OR your constant stream of "product" as endlessly fascinating as you do. You know the old expression "the notes you DON'T play are just as important as the ones you do?" In your case, they are TWICE as important. Let's have more of them.

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