What's going on is that music lovers (the ones writing on Amazon) are reviewing the album whereas 'critics' tend to be endorsing the politics and ignoring how bad the music, the lyrics and the melodies are.
If that bothers you, that most critics won't tell the truth (it does Kristen), take comfort in the fact that all the whoring in the world can't sell Ani's album.
Last week, when it came out, it made it into Amazon's top ten albums (downloaded). But did so at such a discounted price that it's doubtful Ani made much off the album (she's got a lot of guest stars to pay for this one).
And now, this album that so many (lying) critics swear is so wonderful? In week two of release, it has plummeted to number 286.
So what does that tell you?
That some Ani fans downloaded the album in the first week and quickly got the word out to everyone how awful it is. No one's touching that album now (despite all the press Ani did for it this week).
In the end, what it comes down to for music lovers is does the music make it or not? That's because we listen to the music. We don't download it to feel good about ourselves and have it on our collection to point to, we actually listen to the music.
Alexander Billet is about nothing but the politics and he's boring on top of that. A bad interview he did with Ani went up at CounterPunch -- and has anyone else noticed how 'lesbian' Ani only gives interviews to men? -- and it is a wealth of embarrassment for Ani.
She declares, "And I really feel strongly that we need to evolve our understanding of feminism as not just about women’s rights anymore." Which goes to my whole point about how she sees women's rights as a feeder issue, a way to get to something she deems more 'important' because she doesn't take women very seriously. (And in the interview, she's so stupid, she quotes the album's worst line -- "Chicks got it good." -- she's so awful.)
About the title song, she explains she was doing a benefit for Pete Seeger and she was doing two songs and she did two songs, that one with Bruce Cockburn and, with Kris Kristofferson, "Hole In The Bucket."
You should notice that not only is Ani dueting with two men -- typical -- and no women -- ibid -- but she's calling "Which Side Are You On?" Pete's song. Florence Reece. That's the folk singer who wrote the song and did so in 1931. How non-surprising that 'feminist' Ani, who wants to "evolve our understanding of feminism as not just about women's rights anymore" would do an entire interview name checking one man after another but never even mention one woman, or would go on about the song that she sings and named her album after but 'forget' to mention the woman who wrote it.
How typical, how telling.
Kristen asked something else in her e-mail. She loved my phrase "feeder issue." How Ani treated feminism as a "feeder issue" to something more 'important.' Actually, the week before my review went up, we -- Wally, Ava, C.I. and myself -- were at one of the country's great rivers, the Ohio River.
As a kid, the only field trips we took were nature field trips. Meaning we camped out in national parks and saw rivers and trees. I was one of 8 kids, so as an adult, that doesn't surprise me. (I get that my parents did that to save on costs.) But that's really all I knew as a child. So, anyway, we were in the Pennsylvania area and I mentioned that I had never seen the Ohio River and it was one of the few that I hadn't.
And Wally either found or organized this mini-tour for me as a surprise. And it was about 45 minutes long and a lot of fun. And we heard about tributaries which feed in or flow in to a river. And that led C.I. to, that evening, start using the phrase "feeder issue" in one of the talks we gave. And I grabbed it from her.
See, Ani DiFranco, how easy it is to credit other women?
Take away point, in the second week of release, Ani's album is at number 286. Her career's over if she doesn't stop this crap and make a real album.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"