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Iconic singer/song­writer/ac­tivist/poet Ani Difranco’s new al­bum Bi­nary is her 20th stu­dio al­bum, can you be­lieve? Writ­ten prior to the 2016 US elec­tion that gave us Pres­i­dent Trump, po­lit­i­cal lyrics, un­sur­pringly, form the nar­ra­tive. From teach­ing non-vi­o­lence in Paci­fists Lament and em­pa­thy in Ter­ri­fy­ing Sight, to a shoutout for re­pro­duc­tive rights in Play God, Bi­nary is a so­phis­ti­cated record, richly pro­duced, or­ches­tral and warm. At times it sounds melan­cholic, at other times – par­tic­u­larly in the ti­tle track – funky as hell. I loved it and will keep play­ing it. There’s a rich­ness that I don’t think I’ll tire of. See in­ter­view, p64

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