A 31-song collection drawn from a '96 tour, featuring the slapping bass of former Gang of Four member Sara Lee and the rousing, rhythmic backing of Ani's longtime drummer Andy Stochansky, Living in Clip offers energized versions of some familiar studio cuts, from the stripped-down "Willing To Fight" to the more rockin' "Napoleon." It's her magnetic voice and personality that take center stage, whether she's snarling on "Anticipate," scatting erotically in "Whatever," or whispering in the spoken-word "Tiptoe." Between-song banter offers glimpses of an intelligent and goofy side of DiFranco that may surprise those who have never seen her perform. And for anyone looking for a simple explanation for the Ani phenomenon, Living in Clip provides a joyful, bristling, perfectly clear answer.
-- Catherine Miner