Binary (CD)


Ani DiFranco

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Amoeba Review

06/06/2017

Ani DiFranco's Binary marks her 20th studio release, and while the aesthetics and lyrical content point to a more self-assured and less angst-fueled artist, the album illustrates that DiFranco is just as thoughtful, passionate, and prolific as ever. With songs like "Alrighty" and "Play of God," DiFranco further explores patterns of patriarchy and systematic control in society, singing, "I feel I've earned my right to choose" and "You don't get to play God, I do." Songs like "Even More" evoke a more personal and playful side with its seemingly improvised melody and grinning lyrics of maturing love. DiFranco's current home of New Orleans certainly finds its way into the mixture of folk, Americana, and R&B, and features a small but very potent group of instrumental accompaniment. Take, for example, "Zizzing," which features eerie, distant screeching and plucked fiddle, ethereal vibraphone, and layered backing vocals, or "Sasquatch" where barroom piano, fuzzy bass, loose rhythm guitar, and some funkily sparse drums all seem to be playing a different song on top of each other while still locking into a cohesive statement. Title track, "Binary," features a funky, Wailers-esque, wah-wah-ed harpsichord groove and "Spider" is an unexpected, playfully dark rocker that features a satisfyingly chilling fiddle solo.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Binary
Ani DiFranco 04:22
2.
Pacifist's Lament
Ani DiFranco 05:55
3.
Zizzing
Ani DiFranco , Justin Vernon 05:56
4.
Play God
Ani DiFranco 04:53
5.
Alrighty
Ani DiFranco 03:15
6.
Telepathic
Ani DiFranco 03:12
7.
Even More
Ani DiFranco 04:08
8.
Spider
Ani DiFranco 03:53
9.
Sasquatch
Ani DiFranco 05:46
10.
Terrifying Sight
Ani DiFranco 05:14
11.
Deferred Gratification
Ani DiFranco 03:05

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