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Rites of Passage
Indigo Girls
Rites of Passage
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Fans of Georgia duo Indigo Girls are dedicated to this act for very specific reasons: there's the rare (bordering on brilliant) harmonies and counter melodies, the seemingly effortless acoustic guitar playing, and a host o...  more »


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All Artists: Indigo Girls
Title: Rites of Passage
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 17
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 5/12/1992
Release Date: 5/12/1992
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074644886528, 074644886580, 5099750075326

Fans of Georgia duo Indigo Girls are dedicated to this act for very specific reasons: there's the rare (bordering on brilliant) harmonies and counter melodies, the seemingly effortless acoustic guitar playing, and a host of emotionally cathartic lyrics that make the listener feel like they've been reading someone's diary. That said, the Girls reached a point around the time of this album where opening up their souls for song perhaps felt less appealing than general storytelling. Does that make the music bad? No, but it is decidedly different; 1992's Rites of Passage comes off more as a musical jam than a night alone in front of a campfire. The Roches, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, and Lisa Germano all contribute to that effect, providing a musically interesting but perhaps emotionally less challenging effort than some of the duo's earlier works. --Denise Sheppard

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Patricia S. (mountaingirlpat) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 8/18/2006...
It's a very good CD! The Indigo Girls will always be hot.
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In a word, EXQUISITE. Start your IG collection with it!!!
muunrakr | 11/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There I was driving down autorow in Richmond Virginia when the DJ on the radio said "I've got a pair of tickets to see the Indigo Girls TONIGHT in concert. I'll give em away to the first person who drives up the _______ dealership parking lot to claim them." I was at the traffic light in front of the _______ dealership so I immediately drove up and claimed em ( beat out a couple of very butch looking urban college co-eds). I had only heard their radio hit 'closer to fine' but figured, it should be a good show. That was 1992, in support of the Rites of Passage album. That night, I was blown away.I was hooked on every song they played, a good number of which came off the then-new release. I got the CD the day after the show and revelled in delicious harmonies and thought provoking lyrics. This album was a treat. The Girls haven't matched it since, but they've come close. And only Nomads, Indians and Saints, the outing just prior to Rites of Passage was better.Standouts include the album's opener, Three Hits and the single, Galileo. Ghost rounds out the opening three songs and is, appropriately haunting, with lyrics like "... the Mississippi's might, it starts in Minnisota - at a place where you can walk across five steps down. I guess that's how you started - like a pin-prick to my heart and at this point you rush right through me and I start to drown" Tell me Emily Saliers doesn't have a view into every heart that's ever fallen in love!One inaccurate stereotype of the Indigo Girls is that they are a Gurrrrls band. And songs like Virginia Woolf are supposed to reinforce this image. Let me set the record straight. I'm a red blooded American male who enjoys this album, and this song in particular. It opens up a lot of understanding for us guys. Thanks, Emily for giving us guys a peep into your fanciful dialogue with an icon for women around the world.Saliers's tunes are very strong on this disk. Amy's are every bit the equal. Chickenman rips and Mark Knoppfler could learn a bit about emotion from her cover of Romeo and Juliet. And Ray's Cedar Tree is just as haunting as Salier's Ghost.This album is generally apolitical. A challenge for a duo that is used to wearing their liberal tendencies on their sleeves. Let it Be Me is the only politically centered song on the disk and it is a gem. When I heard this song, I knew George Bush was headed for a downfall. It struck a cord in me. And, I admit with some chagrin, I voted for Clinton. Gee, thanks, IG!A couple of songs don't work very well on this disk. Nashville is a sophmoric finger-pointing tune that blasts the country music establishment in the title city. The finger wagging doesn't become the Girls. And Airplane contains a harmonized refrain that is nearly unlistenable. Very uncharacterist for a duo that nearly never misses in the harmony department. Bottom line: it is one of the best sets from what amounts to the best act of the 90's. If you are looking for a starting point in your Indigo Girls collection, this is probably it. Looking forward to seeing them shine in the next decade.Questions? Email me"
The best of their far.
AJ | AZ | 12/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I was introduced to "Romeo and Juliet" in 97, I was struck. I couldn't believe that I had never heard of the Indigo Girls. I "borrowed" a friend's copy of it and I listened to it over and over and over. You can skip over "Three Hits" unless you really want to hear it. It is good, but not like some of the other songs. Intead, start your Indigo Girls experience with "Galileo". You couldn't possibly be in a bad mood after listening to it. Then, let your eyes water as you think about the person who's touch on your life will never fade when you listen to "Ghost". Sheer emotional brilliance. "Love Will Come to You" is beautiful. Harmonies that can just rip your heart out. The rest of the cd is great, too. Make sure that you prepare for "Airplane", though. It kinda creeps up on you with this freaky-aria-thing. Just get past will be okay. Anyway, buy the cd. You won't regret it."