So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter

So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter

by Ani DiFrancoAni DiFranco


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Ani DiFranco's independence-driven personality and maverick business sense often threaten to overshadow the sheer power and passion of her music -- the very talents that garnered her such a dedicated following in the first place. This double-disc live collection puts the focus squarely on DiFranco's vivid songwriting, boldly illustrating how far she's come, musically speaking, from the strident punk-folkie that stormed her way onto the scene all those years ago. Comprising mostly material written since the release of her last live outing, Living in Clip, the 23-song So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter carries plenty of emotional weight -- particularly on the first disc, which DiFranco subtitles "Stray Cats," a nod to the songs' offbeat and scrappy appeal. Here, "Cradle and All" takes on an uncommon drive, and the one-two punch of "Letter to a John"/"Tamburitza Lingua" simply stuns with its raw intensity. The second disc, subtitled "Girls' Singing Night," is structured more like one of DiFranco's recent live shows, buoyed by the swinging horn section that's brought new brightness to songs like "Ain't That the Way" and "Jukebox." The set is peppered with new material, including a fully evolved take on "Self-Evident," a piece inspired by -- and written very soon after -- the attacks of September 11th. DiFranco's take on that topic is as iconoclastic as her worldview, but it's delivered with an irresistible combination of brain, sinew, and heart.

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Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Righteous Babe
UPC: 0748731702922
catalogNumber: 29
Rank: 114069

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