By Tony Scherman
January 18, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

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Somehow, the idea of DiFranco (smart young feminist who writes, performs, and produces her own funk-inflected folk and runs her own label) is more interesting than the reality. She isn’t a very inspired melodist — despite all the flashy effects, her 12th album’s 11 songs remain stubbornly earthbound (exception: the moving ”Everest”). A first-rate pamphleteer, DiFranco is not yet a first-rate artist. B-

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