Love Will Come to You - Indigo Girls, Saliers, Emily
Romeo and Juliet - Indigo Girls, Knopfler, Mark
Virginia Woolf - Indigo Girls, Saliers, Emily
Chicken Man - Indigo Girls, Ray, Amy
Airplane - Indigo Girls, Saliers, Emily
Nashville - Indigo Girls, Ray, Amy
Let It Be Me - Indigo Girls, Saliers, Emily
Cedar Tree - Indigo Girls, Ray, Amy
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 »f 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« less
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
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 work...by 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 it...you will be okay. Anyway, buy the cd. You won't regret it."
The Definitive IG Album
Amy Krug | Centerville, OH United States | 08/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once upon a time, Indigo Girls were my favorite band and each word Amy & Emily sang was gospel. I've grown a bit in my musical tastes, and the sun no longer sets around the Girls, but Rites of Passage is the one album that survived my fanaticism. This is, quite simply, beautiful music. The songs range from haunting acoustic ballads to upbeat folk-rockers, but all of them have something to say. If you're going to have only one IG album, make it this one - and not just because you've heard "Galileo" on the local contemporary station. It's well-crafted and musically and lyrically brilliant. Get it!"
Jimmy Lin | New Brunswick, NJ USA | 11/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There was a 8-month period in college where the only time this CD left the player was so that it could be transported to another one.This is the album that introduced me to the Girls, and I have my best friend to thank for that. I feel it's their best effort from all aspects - production, composition, arrangement, performance, diversity, lyrics...overall, it's one of the best albums of the last 30 years. "Galileo" and "Ghost" are two songs that need never be re-recorded or covered - they are PERFECT they way they are right now! "Virginia Woolf" is amazing in its arrangement and execution, and "Nashville" is one of the few country songs I'm not ashamed to admit liking.Then, of course, there's the outstanding rock-out of "Chickenman" - just the thing to get people jumping around the fire and banging on objects. I wish the version here was the full one, but hey, we can't have everything!I can't say that I've enjoyed their latest effort - what is missing is everything that made this album so right. The most outstanding feature here (for me) is the intricate vocal work - what wonderful sounds, what beautiful combinations and movements! The fact that they blend so effortlessly with the instruments serves only as another source of amazement for me.Just a piece of advice - never listen to a Girls' ballad when you're having troubles of the heart - you'll wind up bawling your eyes out."
My favorite so far... a greatest hits CD in the making
Shelley Gammon | Kaufman, Texas USA | 07/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One hit right after the other. The sound gets better and more sophisticated, but still those beautiful harmonies and guitars. If you liked "Hammer and a Nail" and "Closer to Fine," wait until you hear "Galileo," "Virginia Woolf" and "Airplane" ! This is an awesome disc and shouldn't be out of your collection. The best to date."