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After twenty years together the Indigo Girls resemble a married couple who fell in love when both were very young and who have grown together as musicians while developing a strong sense of individual taste and range. Amy Ray is the scrappy fighter, Saliers is the reflective folkie, yet both reserve the right to switch roles without warning. The Girls recorded Despite Our Differences in a month and a half with producer Mitchell Froom (Richard Thompson, Paul McCartney), who captures their harmonies and uncomplicated arrangements without his usual tendency towards left-field experiments and subversive tonal shifts. And if anything, he captures more of their energy than any previous album. “Lay My Head Down” pounds forth from the speakers with the enthusiasm of a song being played for the first time, while the duo sound like an energetic garage band in their pairing with pop star Pink for “Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate.” And they’ve never been shy telling people what they think as “Money Made You Mean” bears out.

Customer Reviews

Without a doubt, Their music is my life...

No, Im not a lesbian nor am I a gay male.. I am a straight mainstream 40 year old male medical professional who waits with great anticipation for over 20 years each and every time there is a hint of a new Indigo girls albums that will be released. Still original, poignant and true to themselves they echo my very heart and desires about the world we live in. The melodies and harmonies are second to none. They strike a chord so deep in my heart, its as if I was one with them and oh what a dream that would be to realize. Thank you Amy and Emily for the wonder that you are. You and your music are all that is good with the world today.

Political Queers

This is _not_ the IG's acoustic sound; it's a rock out with two electric guitars, piano/synth and drums, with backup singers. Songs that really move include "Money Made You Mean" and "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate." The latter song sounds a lot like some of Amy Ray's solo work - there's less signature IG harmony and more call-and-response singing "against" each other, or singing in unison with backups. The line about "political queers" sounds like it came straight out of Ray's album "Prom." As the sort of fan who has every album, IG pretty much has me suckered in to buying anything they turn out, at this point. This album has a lot more of a rock feel - even Emily's traditionally "slow" songs, "Fly Away," have a rock beat and a lot of instrumentation. "Dirt and Dead Ends," the other "slow" song, has a steady drum backbeat and strong chords behind it. On the whole, I find this album a little less complex than other works, with less of their tight harmony and less interesting blending of finger-pickin' guitar with the various string instruments Emily can play. That said, I enjoy the harder, faster songs; I just wish they would continue to emphasize their strengths in singing in harmony - and ditch the back-ups.

Another Stellar Effort

It's easy to dismiss the Indigo Girls as catering to a lesbian audience, but it's just not true. These are two remarkably talented women who write and perform some of the best music produced in the past decade. As a straight male, I love listening to their melodic riffs, intricate harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics. This latest release is a continuation of those characteristics. I particularly recommend "Run" and "Fly Away."

Biography

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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