I’m not usually one for live albums. However, Ani DiFranco’s live CD at Carnegie Hall is completely different. DiFranco has the ability to make you feel in the moment, even if you’re not physically there. Her charming demeanor and interaction with the audience – all captured on the album – simply add to the concert-like experience of listening to this CD. DiFranco’s note on the album cover describes her experience playing this show just seven months after 9/11. Her NYC audience was still healing – much like herself. It was here that she debuted her poems/songs “Self Evident” and “Serpentine,” which she called “a tool with which to dig beneath the fear and sadness, into catharsis and transcendence.” This album is an anomaly – I’ve never before experienced a live album in which the feelings of everyone involved were somehow able to be transmitted in the form of a CD. If you’re an Ani fan (and even if you’re not), this live album is one to check out. Grade: A