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All That We Let In Limited Edition
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Some 20 years into their career, the Indigo Girls continue to work the same protected turf they staked out with their first album, building on their strengths--gorgeous melodies, teardrop vocal blends, and the occasional poetic insight worth jotting on the back of an envelope. But on their ninth album, their irritating habits remain as intractable as ever: must every romantic spat be framed against saving the whales (okay, the shrinking water supply) and the fight for clean air? And why not put all that randy energy to good use? On "Tether," a Joan Osborne-fronted song that would have aired on progressive rock stations in the '60s and '70s, the three need to kick it up a notch and set a match to those dueling, gasoline-powered guitars. Yet when the chips are down, both Emily Sailers and Amy Ray turn out inspired songs, especially "Something Real," in which a long-awaited reunion with a friend leaves Sailers full of regrets, and "Cordova," a haunting eulogy in which Ray's choices in lust and liberal causes start to blur. --Alanna Nash
Top Customer Reviews
As usual, there is a balance of "Emily" and "Amy" songs. Unlike in some of the other more recent albums, I feel like both singer/songwriters have provided strong contributions throughout. From Emily's side, the title track, Fill it up again and Come on Home are very good. From Amy, Tether is a strong rock-out rally call to action, Dairy Queen is a catchy relationship song, and Cordova is just beautiful and bare.
Overall this is a very strong album with equal parts plain beautiful songwriting, and infusions of the social conscience we've grown to expect from these two songwriters.
Amy has always been edgier. Her songs a bit darker, her delivery harder. Amy has often made me want to shout to the world about injustice and move toward change. Cordova, is an achingly haunting song, harking back to the work she did on her solo cd Stag. If you don't have it yet, get it. She has forged new ground, seeming to soften a bit, but maintaining her edge. Dairy Queen and Heartache For Everyone both have less of the electric edge that she is known for, but that has been replaced by infectious hooks and phrasing. My personal favorite though is Perfect World. A song that moves like the water it talks about, and has the best guitar part since GO.
Emily, on the other hand has been called the romantic and the softer of the two. Over the years, many of her songs have brought me to tears, filled me with hope and made me yearn to sit down and hear every story behind every song. Her work on this cd is nothing short of amazing. I never thought she could surpass Power of Two, but she has come close.Read more ›
I can understand the comments that say that this CD is overproduced. I'm a big fan of the very spare early music too, and I started getting a little nervous with the slick sound of the Become You (which ended up growing on me after all) and this is also very produced in the same sort of way. But, sometimes that can be really interesting and good. Besides, they've stayed true/consistent lyrically and melodically unlike lots of other people (cough, cough...I'm talking to you, Jewel) and they haven't crossed the line where the special effects ever truly overpower those great attributes.
My favorite song is the title track, which is completely beautiful. I also really love Free In You, Come On In, Fill It Up Again, Heartache For Everyone, Perfect World. Ok, I guess I just named about half of the album. And most of those were Emily songs. Basically every song on this album is worth listening to over and over- Amy's songs just make you work a little harder for the affection. But, yeah, Dairy Queen is great and her voice sounds really beautiful on Cordova.
On a side note, the cartoon-y album theme upped the "hipness factor" for some dubious indie rock/alternative types I know. Haha. I guess that's a good thing. I highly recommend this CD, but would definitely encourage it as part of a collection that includes earlier albums as well.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I've been an Indigo Girls fan for many years. At first, when I received this CD, I wasn't thrilled. I had pre-purchased it because I was so excited to get it. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by gwenyfyar
I have been a fan of the Indigo Girls since the 80's. I never thought the Girls could top Rites of Passage - still one of my favorite albums of all time. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Annie B.
What makes the Indigo Girls tick? Apparently, it is way more than acoustic guitar. In fact there are tracks on this CD with no guitar at all. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
I don't know how the Indigo Girls keep churning out such beautiful albums without sounding repetitive. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by smilingturtle
I have been a loyal Indigo Girls fan for almost 17 yrs.However,I had found their 2 latest Cds lacking in the formula that Amy and Emily had concocted over the years. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Antonio M Vazquezpausa
This one on the whole is good and has some of the best stuff they've done in a while. Emily Saliers has some truly great songs on this, but it contains some of the dumbest lyrics... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. L Roth
Excellent CD. Some of the songs don't really hit you the first time you listen to them, but once you hear them a few times and know the words, you're hooked. Read morePublished on April 9 2004
I have the feeling that the writing/recording sessions for 'Become You' might have been among the most prolific periods for the Girls. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Dean and Lisa Reid