Ani DiFranco | RIGHTEOUS BABE RECORDS
THE BULK OF INDIE FOLK singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco’s 21st studio album was recorded in only two days, with several performances captured in just a take or two. DiFranco and her backup musicians sound far from rushed, though—the arrangements are well-developed (note the call-and-response between the strings and the horns in the instrumental section of “Contagious”), and Revolutionary Love’s jazz-pop sound is considerably more relaxed than much of DiFranco’s past work.
The comparatively soft style of this album matches one of its core themes: showing compassion and openness to those with whom we find ourselves at cross-purposes. The title cut, inspired by Sikh-American activist Valarie Kaur’s book See No Stranger, sets the tone: “I’ll see right through evil to a wound too scared to show. I have the power to stay open; I have the power to be the one that I’ve been waiting for—the one who sets me free.”
DiFranco sprinkles similar sentiments throughout the album: “I know you’ve got to fight your adrenaline just to be a gentleman, and you kno …