None of this is to suggest that DiFranco is no longer taking chances or rocking out her arrangements. "Serpentine," a solo guitar-heavy track, showcases her much-hyped "duct tape and press-on fingernails" approach to playing. On the flip side, the somber ballad "Welcome To:" ends the album, leaving you breathless and possibly grieving over the loss of DiFranco's band. Or perhaps you should celebrate: Fans of Ani the collaborator may miss the vibe of an airtight groove band, but at least she's keeping us curious. And entertained.
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