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Certainly for anyone looking for an introduction to this Georgia folk duo with a long, extensive catalog, Retrospective is a valuable place to start, as it contains the highlights of some 12 years (1987-1999) of solid, unpretentious music. Offered up chronologically, one can hear the artistic evolution and the subtle shifts in production values that never overshadow the duo’s core values. Hardcore fans will always find omissions on a 16-track collection — and there are strong arguments for certain overlooked faves — but as a basic service there’s nothing here that doesn’t represent their adamant worldview and their musical values. The duo began life as a coffeehouse favorite and could’ve spent their entire career as an independent label act had it not been for the sudden interest in acoustic-based music at the end of the ‘80s. Couple that with the immediate anthem “Closer to Fine” and the band were onto success that many of their contemporaries could only dream of. “Kid Fears,” “Ghost,” “Least Complicated,” and “Leaving” all perfectly represent what the two songwriters accomplished together up until this point.

Customer Reviews

Missing too many songs

Poor selection of songs. This is missing too many better songs from their self titled album. The import greatest hits collection has a much better selection of songs in my opinion.

All of the Basics

This album is a great starter for new fans. This is how I fell in love with the Indigo Girls!!!


Every song on this album is quintessential Indigo Girls! You will not be disappointed!


Formed: 1985 in Athens, GA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While they came into prominence as part of the late-'80s folky singer/songwriter revival, the Indigo Girls had staying power where other artists from the same era quickly faded. Their two-women-with-guitars formula may not have seemed very revolutionary on paper, but the combination of two distinct personalities and songwriting styles provided tension and an interesting balance. Emily Saliers, hailing from the more traditional Joni Mitchell school, boasted a gentler sound, was more complex musically,...
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