By Tom Sinclair
Updated September 19, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

It makes sense that Ani DiFranco (who produces one track) would embrace this tough-minded folk-pop vet. Not surprisingly, Janis Ian, who’s best remembered for songs about interracial love (”Society’s Child”) and adolescent pain (”At Seventeen”), fills her comeback, Hunger, with tunes about social ills and romantic travails. Nothing new in that, but this out-and-proud sister strums and sings with enough been-there-suffered-that authority to win some Lilith-era converts. B-