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Evolve [Ani DiFranco]
1. Promised Land
2. In the Way
5. O My My
9. Here for Now
10. Second Intermission
12. Welcome To:
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 30
Mark Hallman; Marty Lester; Andrew Gilchrist
Personnel: Ani DiFranco (vocals. guitar, piano); Julie Wolf (vocals, melodica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ); Hansteuber (vocals, flute, clarinet, saxophone); Ravi Best (vocals, trumpet); Todd Horton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Shane Endsley (trumpet); Jason Mercer (bass); Daren Hahn (drums, percussion).
EVOLVE won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.
Personnel: Ani DiFranco (guitar, piano); Hans Teuber (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Julie Wolf (melodica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ); Todd Horton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ravi Best, Shane Endsley (trumpet); Daren Hahn (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ani DiFranco.
Recording information: The Congress House, Austin, TX; The Dust Bowl, Buffalo, NY.
Photographer: Eric Frick.
There could be no truer title for indie icon Ani DiFranco's 12th studio record than EVOLVE, as her career has always been the epitome of artistic evolution. Early on, she could have been criticized for something of a stasis in her furious folk (at least to the casual ear), but starting with DILATE's sultry, almost acid-jazzy diversion, the prolific Buffalo girl constantly experimented with new angles to present her vision of modern life from the political to more tender pursuits.
EVOLVE builds upon a turn she hinted at on her 2002 live set SO MUCH SHOUTING, SO MUCH LAUGHTER, injecting a distinctly jazzy touch to her stories of struggling characters. However, before cynical thoughts of Norah Jones's stratospheric success come up, remember that DiFranco was touring with this approach long before COME AWAY WITH ME was even released, and Ani's dabblings fall more on the Eric Dolphy side of the jazz fence than on Ms. Jones' more traditionalist torch style. On the title track and "Promised Land" she mixes in Woody Guthrie-like old-school protest folk, and on the aptly titled "Serpentine" she weaves snake-like from tangent to tangent over 10 minutes, hearkening back to her earliest freeform poetic days. While Ani has certainly evolved, this album shows that she hasn't discarded what won her fans in the first place.
Rolling Stone (3/20/03, p.65) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The still-indie boho excels at energetic streams of observant, often strident lyrics..."
Entertainment Weekly (3/21/03, p.112) - "...She is to Norah Jones what Ornette Coleman is to Kenny G..." - Rating: B+
Uncut (6/03, p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Solo and acoustic but still full of fireworks, if it points to what she intends next, a treat is in store..."
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