I love the Red Letter Year‘s title track, which opens the album. It’s a moody piece with muffled vocals and Difranco’s signature lyrical prose.
Unfortunately, most of the album seems to be performed in the exact same manner as the opener. As much as I love Difranco’s early albums, I’ve felt that each of her recent releases (aside from the retrospective Canon) have gotten stuck in a particular style so that the individual songs don’t really stand out.
Not that anything Ani records is bad and Red Letter Year is certainly strong in lyrical content, but a full album requires a little more variety in its arrangements and production to hold my attention. But I digress. If you like the mp3 below, I definitely recommend tracking down the song “Red Letter Year” if not the entire album.
Ani Difranco – Emancipated Minor (mp3 removed)