To The Teeth
label: righteous babe
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
You Want To
you're expecting Ani Difranco's typical folk-alternative sound,
then you'll be greatly disappointed. However, if you appreciate
her political lyrics, then you will find it apparent in her recent
a first listening, I was taken aback. I had no idea that Ani would
be playing with the idea of a blues-jazz album, but that's exactly
what this album sounds like. The songs that have a bluesy feel
to them are "Going Once," "Back Back Back," and "I Know This Bar."
Other songs, such as "Swing," "Wish I May," and snippets of "Back
Back Back" and "To the Teeth." In "The Arrivals Gate," there is
actually a sample taken from "Angry Anymore" that is from her
album, Up Up Up Up Up Up.
album also has a few featured artists. Maceo Parker and Corey
Parker contribute their efforts, saxophone and rapping (yes, rapping!)
respectively, on "Swing." In "Providence," The Artist formerly
known as Prince provides his backing vocals on this beautiful
song. It makes sense to me that they would collaborate since she
was able to do what he wanted to do at the very start. What I
mean by this is that she had to work to start her own label, whereas
it took quite a few years in "Prince's" career to get his own
I've said before, this album has some awesome lyrics. The title
cut is obviously a lash out towards the corporations of America,
where she sings:
we really going to sleep through another
century while the rich profit off our blood?
it may take some doing to see this undoing through.
but in my humble opinion,
here's what i suggest we do.
open fire on hollywood...
open fire on mtv.
open fire on nbc
and cbs and abc
open fire on the nra
and all the lies they told us along the way.
open fire on each weapons manufacturer
while he's giving head to some republican senator…
Birmingham" is a commentary on the bombings that occurred at the
abortion clinic, and to me, it seems to be a praise towards Martin
Luther King, Jr, that we still need to keep his dreams alive for
civility and equality. it's a well-written song.
are other songs that are very touchy-feely, I think, that show
another side to Ani. "Soft Shoulder" seems to be an ode to her
husband in how they first fell in love and how others may not
be able to know their true loves until it's too late: "and they
had barely said hello and it was time to say goodbye." In "Carry
You Around," she sings "and i know the fact of your presence will
dominate my memory of this restaurant, this table, this day, and
this town. cause i carry you baby, i carry you around." The song
"The Arrivals Gate" seems reminiscent to the feelings of being
re-acquainted with a loved one.
one who recognizes that it's admirable for an artist to be open-minded
and brave enough to try a new sound, then this album will be for
you. If blues and jazz are more your thing than folk, then this
is a good album to get you interested in Ani's music.