Ani DiFranco – Little Plastic Castle 25th Anniversary LP (The Righteous Seductress)

Ani DiFranco – Little Plastic Castle 25th Anniversary LP (The Righteous Seductress)

November 11, 2023

25th Anniversary of Indie Folk Rock Ani DiFrancoThe eighth and most famous album Small plastic castle It is celebrated with its first ever vinyl release. On the heels of their career-spanning live album in 1997 Living in Klip Which brought many new fans to the speed, Small plastic castle He found DiFranco at his best while looking inward.

Accompanied by Jason MercerWith an expressive bass voice, DiFranco confronts strangers and backbiting on the Grammy-nominated “Glass House” with a voice that rises from a purr to an angry howl. “If you think you know what I’m doing wrong, you’ll have to stand in line,” she sings.

The album’s 12 original tracks occupy the first three sides of the set. The final side includes simple but catchy versions of “Gravel,” “As Is” and “Two Little Girls,” focusing on DiFranco’s core guitar trio, Sarah LeeBass, W Jerry MarottaDrums in a new mix by Chad Blake. Steve Gadd’s Marotta-style beat is highlighted in his performance of “As Is.” DiFranco’s clever folk-style guitar comes into sharp focus during the downbeat of “Two Little Girls,” as she worries about an ex suffering the consequences of a new toxic relationship.

From the original album, tracks like “Deep Dish” and the defiant, overdubbed, high-life title track “Little Plastic Castle” expand into Technicolor with vibrant brass arrangements. The songs are punctuated by DiFranco’s acoustic guitar playing and sharp-tongued poetry.

Like “The Glass House,” there is other fare Small plastic castle Examines life at an increasingly popular aquarium. “They could call me crazy if I failed,” DiFranco sings on “Swan Dive.” “And they can call me brilliant if I succeed.” She also remains very self-aware as her career shifts and expands. “I’m the queen of my compost pile, and I’m used to the smell,” she sings during the same song.

DiFranco also comments on culture in general at a time when she was gaining wider access for her study. Songs like “Fuel” and its bitter criticism of decadent modernity seem as relevant today as they did a quarter century ago.

The sweet but unsettling “Independence Day” makes no effort at self-examination. DiFranco has long earned a reputation as an uncompromising artist, unafraid to sing harsh but relatable truths with images that are brutal and dare to hold back. The song’s arrangement relies solely on DiFranco’s voice, guitar, and Mercer’s bass, and serves as another obvious confessional.

“What can I say, I adore you,” DiFranco sings to his lover on “Gravel.” The lyrics arrive with resignation but no small amount of malice, accompanied by sharp guitar that opens into swirling gusts and plucked fragments. In other places, it warms up even when the knives are out. “Just give up and admit that you’re an idiot,” she adds sarcastically to the phrase “as it is,” emphasizing that she will forgive everyone and that the couple will stay together.

The album remains a favorite among DiFranco fans, and the artist herself seems to be in love with it as well. The theme songs “Fuel”, “Gravel”, “As Is”, “Two Little Girls” and “Swan Dive” continue to appear regularly on concert set lists. The 2xLP set arrives on translucent orange “Goldfish” vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

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