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Knuckle Down

Knuckle Down is the 14th studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco. It is the first album where DiFranco has collaborated with a producer; Joe Henry. The record is also her first studio album to feature a string section. It is considered among her most accessible records, and compared to the stark Educated Guess, it is more abundantly produced.

Reception



The album so far has a score of 73 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews". Billboard gave the album a favorable review and stated: "The results are a selection of high quality that veers between brightly spirited ("Manhole," "Lag Time") and somber ("Callous")." The New York Times gave it a positive review and said that DiFranco "is still self-sufficient, but an extra pair of producer's ears gives her some new dimensions."

Other reviews are very average or mixed: Mojo gave the album three stars out of five and said it was "More honed and richly-textured than former offerings." Q, however, gave it two stars out of five and called it "Deliberately sparse and bare."

Track listing

#"Knuckle Down" – 4:34 #"Studying Stones" – 3:53 #"Manhole" – 3:45 #"Sunday Morning" – 4:49 #"Modulation" – 4:31 #"Seeing Eye Dog" – 4:02 #"Lag Time" – 5:13 #"Parameters" – 5:58 #"Callous" – 5:46 #"Paradigm" – 4:33 #"Minerva" – 4:55 #"Recoil" – 5:08

Personnel

  • Ani DiFrancoguitar, vocals
  • Patrick Warren – piano, sampling, Chamberlin
  • Todd Sickafoosestring bass; Wurlitzer (track 3)
  • Jay Bellerosepercussion, drums
  • Andrew Birdviolin, Glockenspiel, whistling (2, 3, 7, 9, 12)
  • Tony Scherrelectric guitar (4, 8, 10, 12)
  • Noe Venable – vocals (2, 3, 10)
  • Niki Haris – vocals (10)
  • Julie Wolf – melodica (11)
  • String section on tracks 2 and 7

    Production

  • Ani DiFranco and Joe Henryproducer
  • S. "Husky" Hoskuldsengineer, mixing
  • Jason Mott – assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbimastering
  • Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert – design
  • Danny Clinchportrait photography
  • Eric Frick – photography

    Charts

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