Since those classics, the sprite has been around the world a few times, ended a marriage, and moved on with her life. "Thirty-three years go by, and you loosen the momentum of teenage nightmares," she exhales in the spoken-word "Parameters," lamenting the predictability that comes with age. For the first time, she brings a co-producer to the affair, but songwriter Joe Henry's contributions are unclear. Strings, piano, and beats flesh out DiFranco's acoustic drone, but the subliminal embellishment isn't enough to give the disc a pulse.
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