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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
The generous compilation of alternate versions and covers that the indefatigable Ani DiFranco appends to the third single from To the Teeth is the hook for Swing Set. "Swing" appears in its album version and an edit that excises the rap; in both versions, Maceo Parker's funky horn steals the song. Then she overhauls her anti-gun diatribe "To the Teeth" as a spare, tense techno-inflected track. Last comes a trio of songs by classic protest singers. DiFranco covered Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Me" on the 'Til We Outnumber 'Em tribute album, and she reprises the track here, in a haunting live recording with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Bo Ramsey. Her solo version of Phil ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
The generous compilation of alternate versions and covers that the indefatigable Ani DiFranco appends to the third single from To the Teeth is the hook for Swing Set. "Swing" appears in its album version and an edit that excises the rap; in both versions, Maceo Parker's funky horn steals the song. Then she overhauls her anti-gun diatribe "To the Teeth" as a spare, tense techno-inflected track. Last comes a trio of songs by classic protest singers. DiFranco covered Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Me" on the 'Til We Outnumber 'Em tribute album, and she reprises the track here, in a haunting live recording with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Bo Ramsey. Her solo version of Phil Ochs's call-to-action ballad "When I'm Gone" previews a song that appears on the Steal This Movie soundtrack. Finally, she tackles Bob Dylan's "Hurricane." Although she can't match Dylan's bitter edge, DiFranco's rushed phrasing suits his epic surprisingly well. She puts herself in some heady company with these cover versions, and while her own compositions on this EP can't help but pale in comparison to their classics, Swing Set is still a convenient collection for DiFranco-philes.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This EP gathers together various odds and ends: a radio edit of "Swing" from the To the Teeth album, shortened by eliminating Corey Parker's rap but with the funky rhythmic elements pushed up in the mix; a recasting of "To the Teeth" that, unfortunately, de-emphasizes the angry lyrics; and covers of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan songs, each recast in characteristic DiFranco style. Of the last three, the one that works best is a version of "Hurricane" recorded for but not used in the film The Hurricane; Dylan's righteous anger works well in DiFranco's cutting interpretation. Her "Do Re Me" sic loses the irony Guthrie got out of it by matching the lyric to a jocular performance, and her "When I'm Gone" different from the version used in the film Steal This Movie loses Ochs' graceful, elegiac tone. But it's good to have such songs renewed through reinterpretation.
Rolling Stone - Tom Moon
Swinging, for real.

Swinging, for real.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • UPC: 748731702021
  • Catalog Number: 20
  • Sales rank: 101,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swing (3:57)
  2. 2 Swing (6:13)
  3. 3 To the Teeth (6:12)
  4. 4 Do Re Me (3:12)
  5. 5 When I'm Gone (4:20)
  6. 6 Hurricane (7:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ani DiFranco Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Triangle, Vocals, Bells, Sampling, megaphone
Maceo Parker Saxophone
Bo Ramsey Guitar
Julie Wolf Organ, Wurlitzer
Gillian Welch Background Vocals
Jason Mercer Bass
David Rawlings Guitar
Daren Hahn Turntables
Corey Parker Rap
Technical Credits
Carlene Carter Composer
Al Anderson Composer
Ani DiFranco Producer, drum programming
Goatboy Engineer
Goat Boy Engineer
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