The easy part is the facts: that there are 36 cuts on these two CDs, taken from Ani DiFranco 's catalog over a year time span. It's even easy to write that, in addition to the original songs, there are five new versions of old favorites in "Napoleon," "Shameless," "Your Next Bold Move," "Both Hands," and "Overlap. What's difficult is tracking it all from through to through a staggering 16 studio albums, three live offerings, and a few EPs and singles tossed in.
It seems Fuel - Ani DiFranco - Canon the same person who writes and plays these songs has only gotten sharper, cleverer, wrier, and less wordy, perhaps, but that's just language and the practice of craft seasoning.
But in listening to this set it's nearly impossible to chart her development as a very original guitarist who plays in no style but her own, the way she can convey more by using her voice less, and her depth as a musical collaborator with some of the best in the biz from Sara Lee and Jay Bellerose to Jon HasselAndrew BirdTodd SickafoosePatrick Warrenand many others.
Her wide-ranging sense of musical adventure has only grown, along with her lasting Fuel - Ani DiFranco - Canon not only to what she believes, but to continuing to offer contrasting, sometimes contradictory views that all come off as on the money.
Her humor now is as caustic as her rage, which has grown itself into a wizened, complex, and even diffident anger, where the poetry in the songs is more sophisticated but no less accessible than it was when she began. She's on a path, and the music here offers that it's a wildly divergent one sometimes, but it is unquestionably hers, and she doesn't let go of anything she collects -- until she's ready to, that is, and even then you can see the traces of her own 薰衣草 - Kelly Chen - 大日子 marks all over that thing: fascination, Eros, agape, heartbreak, betrayal, love, violence, celebration, and anger both righteous and petty she discovers Part Two - Various - Musical Treasures Of Japan things herself, it's not a critical judgment.
Or maybe, she simply weaves them all into her own quilt, thread by thread, to be identified and grabbed when needed most. Her street smarts remain intact after nearly two decades of being in the public eye and she has created a place for herself without owing a debt to anyone. Forget the stories and interviews: it's all in the music on Canon. This is actually economical and sharpened to a point of only what's really necessary -- while one can get a solid clue from a single song, the picture is so much more complex than that, and it needs to be proffered as such.
For those who have followed her career from the start or jumped on the DiFranco train with Dilate or Freedom - Various - Sugar Hill (The 12 Remixes) else along the way, the music here offers a sense of continuity, and a context; not merely a mixtape or "progression. There isn't anything about Fuel - Ani DiFranco - Canon that feels like a money grab or a "hold 'em over til we get something new" effort.
It's as honest and sincere as a retrospective can be. DiFranco is an impure poet, a wild, loopy musician who lives in her tunes but is not limited to them, and will Professeur Flouze - Ange - Inedit 1970-1971 En Concert be corralled, and this double-disc set is not only proof, but reason for celebrating the fact that there are still those who can -- by the sheer force of desire and the guts Fuel - Ani DiFranco - Canon see it all through -- refuse to be told they can't, and show us in many shades, textures, shapes, colors, and forms, how they not only can, but do.
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