Which Side Are You On In folk music, context is everything. The songs that once sparked revolutions are now quaint campfire jingles, and that's a big problem for DiFranco, who… Which Side Are You On In folk music, context is everything. The songs that once sparked revolutions are now quaint campfire jingles, and that's a big problem for DiFranco, who… 2012-01-17 Ani DiFranco Folk Righteous Babe Rock
Music Review

¿Which Side Are You On? (2012)

WRONG 'SIDE' Although a veteran folk songstress, DiFranco's latest effort is weighed down with political influence
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WRONG 'SIDE' Although a veteran folk songstress, DiFranco's latest effort is weighed down with political influence

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jan 17, 2012; Lead Performance: Ani DiFranco; Genre: Folk; Production: Righteous Babe and Rock

In folk music, context is everything. The songs that once sparked revolutions are now quaint campfire jingles, and that's a big problem for DiFranco, who has spent over two decades hijacking different sonic trains without letting her lyrical focus hop a new line. Here, she gets stuck in too many clunky Big Idea statements about equality and social politics. As ¿Which Side Are You On? too often illustrates, yesterday's melodic angst is tomorrow's late-career lecture series. C

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Originally posted Jan 11, 2012 Published in issue #1190 Jan 20, 2012 Order article reprints
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