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With producer Peter Collins employing a slew of studio professionals from bassist extraordinaire Sara Lee and drummer Jerry Marotta to guests Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Lisa Germano, and the Roches, Rites of Passage is not surprisingly a much more accomplished sounding recording than previous Indigo Girls releases. The duo hang onto their identity as grassroots coffeehouse folksingers while expanding their sonic vistas as they grow ever more comfortable with the potential of the recording studio. Even their cover of Dire Straits’ “Romeo And Juliet” comes across as a potential IG original. However, Amy Ray’s rougher edges are reigned in without losing fire and even given stronger rock backing (“Joking,” “Jonas & Ezekial,” “Chicken Man”) and Emily Saliers’ literate folkie tendencies are brought into modern focus. “Galileo” thrives with the additional rhythmic pump. Michael Kamen’s strings add a beautiful haunted effect to “Ghost.” Two live cuts are added to the expanded edition to remind listeners of their raw, impassioned roots.

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2008/03/07 - Let It Be This One!

This is - by far - my favorite Indigo Girls collection. It's been that way almost since the day I first bought it, and it continues to be. If you were to buy only one their albums, let it be this one. (See how I cleverly worked in one of the song titles there? I'm a capital-J genius!) Highlights include "Galileo," "Ghost," "Jonas & Ezekial," and the Dire Straits cover "Romeo and Juliet." Don't let that stop you from buying the whole album, though. You won't be disappointed. Five stars for each Girl!


I've been listening to this album since I was 2 (my dad and I used to "dance" to Galileo). Rediscovered it again 3 years ago, love everything about it. By miles it is the most played album on my computer, with Romeo and Juliet and Love Will Come To You dominating the play count. The raw passion in Romeo and Juliet (something Dire Straits version just doesn't have for me), and the quiet sorrow in Love Will Come To You blows me away everytime. A must buy for anybody.

A classic by any measure

This is my favorite IG CD compilation. Rites of Passage is truly on the the best offerings out there today. From Galileo to Love Will Come To You, each song is a classic. I LOVE this album; a timeless classic.


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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