ANI DIFRANCO

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Bi­nary ★★★ Right­eous Babe/Ave­line Records In­de­pen­dent artists have a buck­et­load of thanks to give to singer-song­writer Ani DiFranco, a very early adopter in es­tab­lish­ing her own record la­bel. She was also fear­less in high­light­ing sex­ual pol­i­tics and is a supreme fem­i­nist, ac­tivist and so­cial mo­ti­va­tor. Bi­nary, her 20th stu­dio al­bum, ar­rives at a point when facts are rarely what they seem. Pro­duced by Tchad Blake, a crisp sound zings through songs that high­light vary­ing top­ics – es­pous­ing non­vi­o­lence ( Paci­fist’s

Lament), en­cour­ag­ing em­pa­thy ( Ter­ri­fy­ing Sight), a plea for re­pro­duc­tive rights ( Play God), and be­ing open to and aware of (as DiFranco notes) “the full spec­trum of depth and po­si­tion”. Mu­sic styles rarely stray from funk and soul, and all are de­liv­ered with no end of flair. ani­d­ifranco.com TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

In­de­pen­dent artists have a buck­et­load of thanks to give to singer-song­writer Ani DiFranco, a very early adopter in es­tab­lish­ing her own record la­bel

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