×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

To the Teeth
     

To the Teeth

4.1 6
by Ani DiFranco
 
This is where all the playing around with beats Ani's been doing for the last few years pays off. With TO THE TEETH, the prolific indie-folk heroine has carved out a sense of groove that's as bold and idiosyncratic as the do-for-self stance of her lyrics and her economic self-determination. Though the album's sound is still mostly defined by her torrents of words and

Overview

This is where all the playing around with beats Ani's been doing for the last few years pays off. With TO THE TEETH, the prolific indie-folk heroine has carved out a sense of groove that's as bold and idiosyncratic as the do-for-self stance of her lyrics and her economic self-determination. Though the album's sound is still mostly defined by her torrents of words and her guitar's acoustic rattle and strum, DiFranco's rhythms have gotten funky enough that the guest appearances by The Symbol Guy and veteran James Brown saxophonist Maceo Parker are treats rather than surprises. (She seems to have been taking lessons from Prince's willingness to mess with vocals, too -- check out the scatting gasps in "Wish I May" or the way she half-yodels the bridge of "Freakshow.") DiFranco's songs are separating the personal and the political more and more: The title track and "Hello Birmingham" savage, respectively, the NRA and abortion-clinic violence, but most of these tracks are quirky, wry observations of how people relate to each other or to being alone. And her words are becoming as surprising and supple as her new rhythms, as when she sings about driving through the dark, "trying hard to resist/Sleep's first kiss."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the release of To the Teeth, it has been ten studio albums of original material in ten years for Ani DiFranco, and she sounds tired. The singer/songwriter has always had ample reserves of anger and criticism, some of which she has directed at herself, but here her self-questioning is unusually intense. As usual, a couple of songs deal with political topics, but much of the album is given over to songs in which the singer looks at her life and career unhappily. "Going Once" and "Swing" are in the third person, though the characters seem self-identified, with the "she" in the former wondering "how did I get here/Without even knowing where I was going?," while in the latter "she" speaks of weariness, dread, and nagging voices inside her head that say "You suck." "Freakshow," a metaphor for the performer's life, is almost unrelentingly critical, its only relief coming from the comfort that the life of a traveling entertainer is better than being stuck in a hometown. The culmination of all this comes with "Wish I May," which she closes by singing, "I don't think I am strong enough/To do this much longer." She also says she wishes the song were longer, and that wish may have been expressed in the album's musical arrangements. Employing horns (including Maceo Parker's saxophone) and other embellishments, DiFranco has written a series of downbeat riff tunes and stretched them out, in some cases to six or seven minutes, often with extended instrumental codas after the lyrics have been sung. As usual, she gives her audience a warts-and-all portrait of her current view of herself and the world. Longtime fans will find the result compelling (while perhaps fearing for their favorite's future), but this is probably not the place to start your Ani DiFranco collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Righteous Babe
UPC:
0748731701727
catalogNumber:
17
Rank:
318838

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ani DiFranco   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Triangle,Vocals,Steel Drums,Bells,megaphone,Guitar (Tenor),Guitar (Baritone)
Prince   Vocals
Maceo Parker   Flute,Saxophone
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Julie Wolf   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Clavinet,Melodica,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Jason Mercer   Banjo,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Kurt Swinghammer   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Daren Hahn   Drums,Turntables
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet
Corey Parker   Rap
Brian Wolf   Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba
Kingsway Clap and Stomp Corps   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Ani DiFranco   Composer,Producer
Goat Boy   Engineer
Goat Boy   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

To the Teeth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You've seen artists play their guitar while they are upside down. You've seen piano players play their piano with their elbows, nose and even their butts. Now watch Ani make an entire album using just her teeth----writen with her teeth, performed with her teeth, sung with her teeth. As a follow up, Ani's next album will be done entirely with her left foot. Of course it will sound much like her "to the teeth " album. But heck. As long as there are suckers out here buying her slop, ani will contine making music with all her body parts
Guest More than 1 year ago
nothing like ani has ever done before! BRILIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ani Difranco is a wonderfully brilliant artist. She is an inspiration to women everywhere. Ani has opened my eyes to all of the beautiful oppression in our society and has introduced me to an empowering new perspective. Ani is a goddess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ani DiFranco defy's the rules again in the spell binding musical albulm. She takes you through a trip that will leave you begging for more. Whether you are a devoted Ani fan or just thinking of checking her out - you will be singing to these tunes for hours!! This is a must for everybody
Guest More than 1 year ago
ani has done it again. This CD will go through the roof, over the clouds, out of orbit, cross the galaxy and right into a black hole where it belongs. There even the smallest, infintesimal residues of her sound will be crunched into one tight garbage pile. It is my hope that Ani holds tightly on to her last note and takes the ride so that we may be spared any further punishment. From a "FAN" that would like to help blow her toward the trip
Anonymous More than 1 year ago