Ani DiFranco

ANi DiFRANCO So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe) Rating: NN Rating: NNOh, Ani, Ani, Ani. Sweetheart, I know.


ANi DiFRANCO So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe) Rating: NN Rating: NN

Oh, Ani, Ani, Ani. Sweetheart, I know you’re a ball-bustin’, stompy-booted superhero for me and legions of Angry Young Feminists. You’ve been a fabulous role model who’s set amazing standards for independent artists in popular music. You’re the mastermind behind your own label — but, honey, I still can’t overlook your self-indulgence.

So Much Shouting is a double-disc live album, Ani’s second in five years. Even hardcore fans will find this unnecessary. Yeah, there are some nice versions of old faves like You Had Time, but mostly we just hear Ani D. ruining perfectly good songs by turning them into overblown, horn-heavy funk jams.

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