On the Record: Ani DiFranco, Yo Gotti, NERO & More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Jan. 18, 2012

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Ani DiFranco

Which Side Are You On?

(Righteous Babe)

Sounds Like: The folkie punk’s 17th studio album is totally solid, with a great version of the title track, made famous by Pete Seeger, who backs her up.

Free Association: Can’t bring her down—she’s still singing because she’s got the goods.

For Fans Of: Liz Phair x Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Dylan + Pretenders, ’90s glory.

Yo Gotti

Live From The Kitchen

(J-Records)

Sounds Like: Mario Mims, formerly Lil Yo, is a Memphis emcee whose debut studio album’s star-studded, but with flat, boring beats and weak rappin’ about jail ’n’ shit.

Free Association: It’s a good strategy—recruit as many big name guests as possible.

For Fans Of: Rick Ross/Jadakiss//Big K.R.I.T./Gucci/Trina/Wiz, “Back That Azz Up.”

Jacaszek

Glimmer

(Ghostly International)

Sounds Like: Stunning compositions of subtly crafted instrumentals (harpsichord, clarinet, guitar) with a post-modern twist via electro-acoustic production effects.

Free Association: Eerie but beautiful atmospherics that make for a mesmerizing listen.

For Fans Of: Nicolas Jaar x Burial + orchestras, wordless Portishead, dark beauty.

NERO

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