Not a Pretty Girl

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Not a Pretty Girl
Studio album by Ani DiFranco
Released July 18, 1995
Genre Indie rock, folk rock
Length 56:55
Label Righteous Babe
Producer Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco chronology
Out of Range
(1994)
Not a Pretty Girl
(1995)
Dilate
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Slant 5/5 stars[4]

Not a Pretty Girl is the sixth studio album released by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco on her own record label, Righteous Babe Records. It was released July 18, 1995. The album extended the folk singer's early formula of acoustic guitar and drums. On subsequent records, DiFranco would add electric guitar, horns, band members and guest musicians, but on Not a Pretty Girl she was accompanied by Andy Stochansky's percussion alone.

According to Allmusic, "Light of Some Kind" is a "deeply felt portrait...in which the singer seems to be confessing to a man that she has been unfaithful to him with a woman"[1] Released on Living in Clip, the track "Shy" earned DiFranco a 1997 Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.[5]

"Shy" off the album is notable for being quoted by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio during live performances of the song "Ninety-Seven"


Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ani DiFranco.

  1. "Worthy" – 4:31
  2. "Tiptoe" – :36
  3. "Cradle and All" – 4:18
  4. "Shy" – 4:43
  5. "Sorry I Am" – 4:45
  6. "Light of Some Kind" – 4:07
  7. "Not a Pretty Girl" – 3:55
  8. "The Million You Never Made" – 4:18
  9. "Hour Follows Hour" – 6:01
  10. "32 Flavors" – 6:07
  11. "Asking Too Much" – 2:55
  12. "This Bouquet" – 2:28
  13. "Crime for Crime" – 5:42
  14. "Coming Up" – 4:45
  • In a pregap, you can hear DiFranco reciting the spoken word track "Tip-Toe", but misspeaking before restarting.
  1. "32 Flavors" [live bonus track] – 4:47
  • Appears on some versions.

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The CD case of Not a Pretty Girl is designed to be looked at "the wrong way 'round", with the spine on the right hand side rather than the left.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Slant review
  5. ^ CNN - List of Grammy award nominations - January 6, 1998