Anne E. DeChant has a pile of singer-songwriter awards that's bigger than she is. Her fifth CD, however, isn't a gentle folk album, nor is it an unplugged confessional. The full-band affair has a kick missing from recent Ani DiFranco discs. If every guitar-toting girl had a drummer like Brian "Nucci" Cantrell, coffee-shop regulars would ditch reading for dancing.
The opening title track is a loud, electric anthem for the liberated woman. But after Rob Gironda's organ fades away, Girls and Airplanes transforms into a slug of country moonshine. A twangy guitar rocks "Scattered," and a pedal steel twinkles in "Fly."
When DeChant's not reveling in her independence, she's fighting those who would deny it. "Second Class Citizen" broadcasts her bumper-sticker campaign for same-sex marriage rights.
Although DeChant doesn't dwell on it, Girls and Airplanes doesn't let you forget: Without some political action, there's no personal freedom.