Thank You + I'm Sorry
Righteous Babe Records
Music review by 22/2/2011
Time has passed since the release of this amazingly uplifting album,
and despite that fact I feel compelled to tell the peeps of the world
of its existence. The said amount of time has been around four months
actually, but still I love this album like Rooibos tea on a Sunday afternoon.
Like the best releases from Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label, this
is a surprising and unique release and that should be no surprise when
you consider its creator is Animal Prufrock, from the legendary Bitch
and Animal. Now solo and active in many facets of the creative world,
this release is a stylistic palette of the most quirky elements of the
former duo's most divisive work and the more accessible sound of Ani DiFranco's
more recent work. No surprise, as the producer of Congratulations;
Thank You + I'm Sorry is Ani DiFranco herself. But if a rebel rousing
torrent of guitar is what you were expecting, think again. There are Italian
lyrics, drum machines, emo ballads, funny accents and much more besides,
but this isn't a disconnected hotchpotch of nonsense lyrics and gimmicks.
Far from it; it's an emotionally satisfying record of love songs to a
Songs such as Love Me Love Me, a
laugh out loud funny and touching song with an unforgettably stage showy
chorus, and Voglio, an Italian sung
piece with dance beats and a bizarre but funky sound, show the creativity
of Prufrock at her best and although there is a nod to Bitch and Animal's
sound in the obviously titled Cosmic Tranny,
it's an affectionate one that adds to the charm of the album rather than
standing out like the proverbial guy in a dyke bar. The usual themes of
LGBT issues discussed seriously, but still laugh out loud, agreeably mix
with the relationship themes and if you're of an open mind, none of this
will (or should) really phase you. The world of Animal Prufrock is creative,
certainly radical, and if this record is anything to go by, as happy and
strong as ever.
Highly recommended to all with adventurous taste and good ears!
Read an interview with Animal .
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