The Difranco Difference



By: Jess Poulos
Ani Difranco’s Latest release, “Red Letter Year” is filled with
the signature poetic lyrics and experimental music that one would
expect from the folk-punk singer. The album stays true to Ani’s
daring and outspoken style; however there is a hint of warmth and
harmony that comes through in many of the songs, unlike anything we
have heard from her before.
        Difranco has been recording since 1990 when she released
her first, self titled studio album. Since then Difranco has earned
her place as one of the worlds’ greatest folk singers. She has
released 20 studio albums to date and has kept a massive following
over the years. Difranco is known for her feisty lyrics and fierce
guitar playing that causes audiences to step back and absorb the
intensity and beauty of her music. Difranco formed her own independent
record label in the early 90’s; Righteous Babe
, which became a platform for her
to produce music in her own individual style and also to raise
awareness on many social issues she feels strongly about. Many of
Difranco’s live shows will include performances from other artists
she has signed to her label, and even messages from various political
or social organisations she is involved with. Difranco is a feminist,
an activist, a mother and an artist. All these things are present in
her music.
        Unlike previous albums, Red Letter Year
 has a smoother and more melodious tone to it. This can in part have to do
with the big influence of love and family on this album. Although
Title track; “Red Letter Year” focuses on the tragedy of New
Orleans and “The Atom” brings forth Difranco’s distaste for the
destruction science has brought, there is a clear sense of
enlightenment and joy in this album. Difranco takes us on a journey
through becoming a mother and changing her view on the world in
“Present/Infant” and also reveals her more optimistic outlook on
life and love with “smiling underneath” and “way tight”.
        All in all, “Red Letter Year” is a beautifully
crafted and perfect addition to Ani Difranco’s collection of albums.
Difranco leaves us with her usual wealth of insight and wisdom
and her new mantra, ” That says, dont forget to have a good time!”
Along with exploring broader instrumental avenues, it takes the
listener deeper into Difranco’s soul and invites us to enjoy the
journey along with her.
Listen to Red Letter Year here:[3]



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