Will Hermes
August 04, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Reprieve

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ani DiFranco
Producers
Righteous Babe
genre
Folk

We gave it an A

Ani DiFranco’s been doing her own thing, on her own terms, for so long that it’s easy to forget her, or dismiss her engaged, feminist-minded love songs (even the political ones are love songs, really) as outdated. This time she slows down, while co-conspirator Todd Sickafoose works jazzy upright bass lines into songs that sound serene until you parse the lyrics. Inspired by Hurricane Katrina’s impact on her part-time home of New Orleans and other outrages, Reprieve‘s beautifully committed music — the kind that’s as essential now as it has ever been.

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