lifeblood: listlogs: 2007-012


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Date:    Mon, 29 Jan 2007 17:33:05 +1100
From:    Sherlyn Koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
Subject: UCD Advocate DOD review

Hey folks,

Here's a review of "Despite Our Differences" from the University of Colorado=
at
Denver Advocate.  You can read it online at:

http://media.www.ucdadvocate.com/media/storage/paper538/news/2007/01/24/Musi=
c/Re
view.Indigo.Girls-2678409.shtml?sourcedomain=3Dwww.ucdadvocate.com&MIIHost=3Dmed=
ia.c
ollegepublisher.com

Cheers,
sherlyn

---begin forwarded article---
Review: Indigo Girls
Despite Our Differences, Hollywood Records
Debra Goldyn
Posted: 1/24/07

Social activism - check. Intelligent lyrics - check. Upbeat, positive=
outlook -
check. Wait, what was that last thing? The Indigo Girls have weathered 20=
years
in the music industry; they might be forgiven for having a downbeat, cynical=

attitude. On their 10th studio album, though, the Girls are - dare I say it?=
-
downright sunny and optimistic.

Perhaps they've concluded that although the world forecast is doom and=
gloom,
the music doesn't have to be. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have left behind the=

melodrama of their early years, when listening to their tunes was sometimes=
akin
to attending a suicide watch.

Exhibit A: the amazingly catchy "Pendulum Swinger." Sure, they're taking=
their
usual jabs at President Bush, but they've coated it all in easy-to-digest,
radio-friendly pop.

Don't throw out the sackcloth and ashes just yet, though. While the majority=
of
the songs are upbeat, ranging from the catchy sway of "Little Perennials" to=
the
full-on rock of "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate," the Indigo Girls haven't
abandoned their favorite topics of tragedy and heartbreak. Whether lamenting=
a
friend's descent into drug addiction on the funereal "Dirt and Dead Ends" or=
the
plight of farmers on "They Won't Have Me," their trademark melancholy is=
still
intact. Matters of the heart take top billing on "Run," and "All The Way," a=

tune about the all-consuming nature of love: "At the heart the blue flame=
burns
/ All the way I took the crash-course impact / But have I learned all that=
I'm
supposed to learn?"

=A9 Copyright 2007 UCD Advocate

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