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ig-news-digest       saturday, january 24 2004       volume 07 : number 007

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] all that we let in: my review                [hare@optonline.net]
  [ig-news] more dates!                                [susan@rocketstop.com]
  [ig-news] "perfect world" chords        ["jason hare" <hare@optonline.net>]

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date: fri 23-jan-2004 7:34am
from: hare@optonline.net
subject: [ig-news] all that we let in: my review

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo girls
mailing list at netspace.org.]

well, i've been fortunate to have listened to all that we let in all
the way through for a couple of days now. thought i would post a
review.   (please, don't ask me for a copy, i'd love to but i can't.)

some general thoughts:  i've been calling this album become you 2:
electric boogaloo.  if you liked by, i think you'll like this one.
if you didn't, then
maybe you won't.  the instrumentation and
production are very, very, very similar.  but you never know.

when i first heard by, i hated, hated, hated it
because i had become
accustomed to the live acoustic versions.  after a while, though, i
realized i really wasn't being fair about it.  amy and emily have
every right to want to create and sculpt these songs the way they
want to, and i think it's natural for them to want to do them with a
full band.  all we hear, though, are the acoustic versions, which
obviously have to be different because there's only two of them.
when i listen to these songs, although it's hard, i try to imagine,
"what if i was hearing these songs for the first time, without
preconceived notions of acoustic versions?"  and that's not easy but
that's what i'm going to try and judge them on.

that being said, i'm sure i'll do a little bit of comparison between
the two - i'm only human.  :)  here's a song-by-song play:

1. fill it up again - like most of these songs on atwli, the
keyboards are prominently featured.    however, it really works on
this song.  and the drums are fantastic.  they kinda play a
double-time beat during the verses and cut it in half during the
choruses.  as with by, there are too many overdubbed voices.  but
this song should have been the single.  it's really catchy and just
sounds great.  a great opening to the cd!

2. heartache for everyone - ever wonder what ig would sound like if
they became a ska band?  well, that's what happens here, without the
horns.  stop hyperventilating, it's not that bad.  the bass line is
very active with, again, lots of organ (hammond b3?).  the whole song
works very well in this format except for an extremely cheesy,
casio-sounding, one-note 80s keyboard solo after the bridge.  the
solo happens, then they repeat the bridge ("hey valentine
") and then
they do the last verse.  i think it's probably one of the first ig
songs you can really dance to.  it's a lot of fun.

3. free in you - well, it's another one of those emily songs.
laid-back, pop-country feel, nice harmonies, with schmaltzy lyrics.
it's very nice but it's not groundbreaking.  it sounds like many of
her older songs: collecting you, hope alone, leaving
it'll be one of
those ones that i sing along with and i'm halfway through before i
figure out which song i'm singing.

4. perfect world - when i first heard this last month, i didn't like
it.  i feel differently now.  (surprise!)  i really like it now.  no
point in describing it since everyone's heard it.

5. all that we let in - as i posted on another board, i was so scared
to hear this studio version.  i was worried that there were going to
be drums somewhere on this.  thank god there are no drums.  here's
where i get weak and maintain that this song needed nothing but emily
on guitar.  the other instruments aren't too intrusive, though, other
than the piano arpeggios during the choruses.  (why!?!?  why
distract?!?)  the bass line is very pretty though, and there's a
great violin part before the last verse.  and they very respectfully
keep the final verse quiet, although with piano instead of guitar
(what's wrong with guitar?).  i still hate the line "and the greatest
gift of life is to know love," and the fact that she tries to rhyme
it with "stove."  ugh!

6. tether - the keyboard doesn't bother me.  i think the song rocks
in old-school neil young style.  this is really the only rockin' song
on the album.

7. come on home - sounds like free in you, which sounds like hope
alone, which sounds like
very nice, emily, but zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
.

8. dairy queen - it's starkville two!  i like it as much as i like
starkville, which is a bunch.  this has some electric guitar but it's
lower in the mix than the mandolin.  oh, and no harmonica, which is
kind of a bummer.  it's been replaced with
can you guess?
(accordion.)

9. something real - it's a song we haven't heard in concert!  yay!  i
can judge it on it's own!  :)  a mid-tempo emily song.  not exactly
that much different from the other typical emily songs, but it does
feature more acoustic guitar this time than piano, at least during
the first few verses.  the choruses and the lead-out afterwards are a
little overproduced but nothing surprises me anymore.

10. cordova - no guitar-type instruments on this one.  a little bit
of piano, but mainly a haunting organ track behind it.  i know this
one is going to upset people (because it doesn't sound like the live
version).  but i think it's beautiful.  amy's voice is amazing.
really beautiful.

11. rise up - finally we get a different-sounding emily song!  it's
more uptempo, with a nice chorus: "rise up your dead, there's life in
the old girl yet."  a kick-ass bridge leading into a great emily
acoustic guitar solo.  a nice closing.

all in all, it's a fine ig album, but it's not groundbreaking, and it
doesn't take any risks.  nor does it really sound like an acoustic
album, although to be fair, they haven't one that sounded like an
acoustic album since swamp ophelia.  so far it isn't my favorite, nor
is it my least favorite.  it's a good album.

ig need to get a different producer and a different band.  i think
the drums are still very good, similar to jerry's work to me,
actually, and the whole band is good, but given that i think this
album sounds very, very similar to become you, they need to do
something different.  i think that the move to an indie label will
help.

again, these are just my opinions, and they are bound to change in
the weeks to come.

jason

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date: fri 23-jan-2004 10:57am
from: susan@rocketstop.com
subject: [ig-news] more dates!

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo girls
mailing list at netspace.org.]

sorry if this is a repeat, but i hadn't seen a couple of these posted. (pulled from a couple of resources)

03-05-2004 asheville, nc
03-06-2004 norfolk, va
03-08-2004 wilmington, de
03-10-2004 reading, pa
03-12-2004 new york, ny
03-13-2004 new york, ny
03-19-2004 columbus, oh
03-20-2004 st louis, mo

susan
  

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date: fri, 23 jan 2004 21:40:26 -0500
from: "jason hare" <hare@optonline.net>
subject: [ig-news] "perfect world" chords

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

i figured these out a month or so ago when the single first came out,
but i forgot to post them. i'm not super-positive on the dmaj7 - i
know that amy's singing a note in the dmaj7 family, though.  and i
suppose the em7 could possibly be em.   feel free to make any
corrections.  i didn't bother typing out all the lyrics because...i
don't know them.  :)

jason

"perfect world" guitar chords

verses go like this:
d              dmaj7
we get to be
em7                   g
  a ripple in the water
d                dmaj7
we get to be
em7                   g
a rock that's thrown
d              dmaj7
we get to be
em7         dmaj7
a boy on the bridge
d           dmaj7       em7    g
standing over the reservoir

etc.

chorus:

d
we are floating
cadd9
we are swimming
g
and at this moment
we are forgetting
d
what it costs
cadd9
what it takes
g
for one perfect world
when we look the other way

em7
it's one
a            d
perfect world
d7
when we look the other way
em7
it's one
a            d
perfect world
d7
when we look the other way
em7
it's one
a            d    dmaj7   em7    g
perfect world

and so on.

dmaj7 = 00222
em7 = 022033
cadd9 = 023033

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