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The Indigo Girls carved out their niche as coffeehouse folkies with just enough modern rock touches to launch them into grander arenas. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers write in their distinctive styles and then meet for perfect harmony. Shaming of the Sun tones down the grander production of their earlier studio albums, Rites of Passage and Swamp Ophelia, for a refocus on their folk attributes with a few stops into rockier territory. Saliers writes the tender moments, openly expressing homosexual issues with warmth and understanding. “It’s Alright” is assuring with an earnest pop bounce. “Caramia” is colored with a haunting violin. “Everything In Its Own Time” and “Burn All The Letters” confront politics with a vague paranoia hanging over the alluring melodies. Ray counterpunches with the tougher psychodrama of “Don’t Give That Girl a Gun,”  “Cut It Out,” and “Shed Your Skin.” They’re a formidable duo who could be the smart, well-informed girls next door. 

Customer Reviews

One of their more mainstream albums

My sister lent this to me beacuse I loved the song "Shame On You" on the radio. This album was a crossover into top 40 pop especially cause of the hit "Shame On You" in 1998. The rest are good to especially "Get Out The Map." *Loves it*

Love this album

Plenty of favorite songs on this. Get Out the Map tops my list.

good times

It's so weird seeing this album on iTunes. I remember listening to this when I was just a kid. My favorite songs were Shame On You and Get Out The Map. They were the only two songs I listened to. I can still hear myself saying, "Please?? Just play it one more time??" I may not like country or folk music anymore, but it's definitely an album worthwhile buying just to replay the memories.


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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