lifeblood: listlogs: 2009v11n019-news


ig-news-digest         tuesday, march 31 2009         volume 11 : number 019


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] nice review from the toledo blade  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelop]


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date: tue, 31 mar 2009 10:22:38 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] nice review from the toledo blade


hi folks,


here's a nice review from the toledo blade.  you can read it online at
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20090329/art10/903280326/-1/art06.


cheers,
sherlyn


- ---begin forwarded article---
article published march 29, 2009
independence works for the indigo girls


poseidon and the bitter bug indigo girls (ig recordings)
it makes sense that the indigo girls would produce one of their best albums
once they officially went indie. if nothing else, with their decades-long
refusal to sell out in any fashion, they just seemed independent.


shorn of major-label obligations, they've released a tremendous album that
has only one weak cut - amy ray's overwrought closer "true romantic" - and
a number that are truly great.


as lyricists, ray and emily saliers are adept at zeroing in on details and
images that imbue their songs with distinctive intelligence. the passage of
time, grown-up compromises, the environment, and any number of other
"issues" pop up on these 10 tight songs, but they're never preachy.


saliers gets off a snappy rocker on the chugging "what are you like?" and
delivers her usual salient observations on human nature on "i'll change"
and "digging for your dream." and ray is typically idiosyncratic on the
bubblegum pop of "driver education," the mandolin-driven country of "second
time around" (which sounds like a long-lost john hiatt outtake), and the
ode to departed old pals "ghost of the gang."


toss in an all-acoustic disc of the same songs stripped down - none work
quite as well as the full band versions, but it's a cool idea - and
state-of-the-art production from mitchell froom and this is an early
contender for best album of the year.


- - rod lockwood


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