Living in Clip

Living in Clip

by Ani DiFranco
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Living in Clip

Living in Clip is Ani DiFranco's first live album, and she seems to be making up for lost time: She's crammed several years worth of live performances into these two CDs. Most of these songs are performed by only three people: Andy Stochansky on drums, Sara Lee on bass, and DiFranco on acoustic guitar (although her trio is joined a couple of times by Doc Severinsen's Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra). Clearly, she doesn't need a big band to put on an electrifying show; her concert performances have long been as much a part of her low-profile legend as her self-financed studio albums. DiFranco has said that she considers herself to be primarily a live artist because her music relies on the intangibly active relationship between herself and her audience. When this live set came out in 1997, a number of critics remarked that it captured the energy of that relationship better than the albums she recorded in the isolation of the studio. That it does. DiFranco's public exhibition of emotion, and her self-deprecating banter in between songs, add to the feeling of openness that is essential to her music (essential both because she is an activist for the politics of honesty and because her personal vulnerability is necessary to keep those politics from seeming pedantic). What these recordings cannot do is transcend their own medium -- while they may catch a fraction of the dynamism of her live shows, they are still, after all, recordings. Ultimately, many of her studio performances make for better CDs simply because they were designed with CD players in mind. On her studio albums, the music is often more focused, the sound quality is better, and DiFranco conveys her emotions without any reliance on visual communication. Still, Living in Clip is a good document of DiFranco's relationship with her audience, and many of her angrier, sassier songs actually work better when there's a crowd around to participate in the vitriol. In any case, this collection of songs serves as an excellent best-of compilation for an artist who is sometimes a bit too prolific for her own good.

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Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Righteous Babe
UPC: 0748731701123
catalogNumber: 11


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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ani Difranco truly defines purity in that her creativity is so original that it sets my ears on a rampage to keep on listening to her piercing words and blistering guitar uniqueness. If there is one righteous babe out there in the world, it would have to be Ani... ''I love you ANI'' --much love and respect to all the aNi followers out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ani's at her best when she's playing live and loving life. This album is pure joy for DiFranco enthusiasts and those unfamiliar with her work. I've given this to friends and they have fallen in love with her like me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This double set live album is supurb. The recordings are well made and the songs are good enough to hear over and over again. This album set grew on me and is now one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is, like previously mentioned, indicative of Ani Difranco's stunning stage presence. She is truly at her best playing live among an audience. While the songs are amazing live as well as recorded, the real treat to this album is to be able to hear Ani interact and joke with the crowd and her band. She is a fantastic storyteller and her passion is further heightened in this collection of live performances. A must have for every Ani fan, or any fan of passionate, socio-political lyrics accompanied by an eclectic style and moving music.
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