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Become You Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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58th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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  • Audio CD (Oct. 18 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006310B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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1. Moment Of Forgiveness - Indigo Girls
2. Deconstruction - Indigo Girls
3. Become You - Indigo Girls
4. You've Got To Show - Indigo Girls
5. Yield - Indigo Girls
6. Collecting You
7. Hope Alone
8. Bitter Root
9. Our Deliverance
10. Starkville
11. She's Saving Me
12. Nuevas Senoritas

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Three years after the experimental and not-always-successful Come on Now Social, the Indigo Girls return to a more traditional framework with the acoustic-based Become You. A deft melding of folk, rock, and pop--and laced with Latin and soul around the edges--Become You gets to the heart of what Amy Ray (the rocking half) and Emily Saliers (the gentler half) do best: chronicle the complexities of love and socio-sexual politics from a feminist viewpoint. While the seductive and full-bodied melodies leave plenty of expanse for the duo's gauzy, hand-in-glove harmonies, the majority of the repertoire here carries an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and anxiety, whether about the outcome of a rocky love affair ("Moment of Forgiveness"), the still-extant racism in the South ("Become You"), or the ultimate fate of the Mexican women who fight for change with the Zapatistas ("Nuevas Senoritas"). Poignant, thought provoking, and beautifully crafted, with rapt attention to the interplay of instruments as well as voices, Become You finds Ray and Saliers back in top form and as relevant in 2002 as at the start of their 15-year career. --Alanna Nash

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I've been an Indigo Girls fan for years, but I wasn't as fond of their last album, COME ON NOW SOCIAL. I felt it lacked focus and was community-oriented at the cost of quality. BECOME YOU, though, is a different story. It's always fun to hear artists return to their musical roots, but the Indigo Girls did more than that on this album. Amy Ray, in particular, took a quantum leap in songwriting skill on this record; songs like "Become You", "Moment of Forgiveness", and "Yield" are miles ahead of anything else she's ever written. Amy's increasing prowess is visible in Epic's selection of her songs for radio. Before this, it was always Emily Saliers compositions like "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo" that became singles, while Ray's songs found more of a cult following among IG fans. Now Amy's getting the A&R nod, not that Emily's songs are slouching -- I thought Saliers took a similar songwriting leap on SHAMING OF THE SUN a few years ago, and now they're both writing at a terrifically high level, making BECOME YOU one of the best Indigo Girls albums in years, if not the best ever.
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...This album does sound different from their other albums but that is what I really like about it. I wanted to hear a different sound from these guys and I really like how they played around with some new sounds. I like the Norah Jones Bluesy sound on "You've got to Show" and I LOVE the banjo and bluegrass sound of "Bitter Root". I would LOVE for these guys to do more songs that have that kind of sound to it. I LOVE the song " She's Saving Me". I think the words are beautiful and nostalgic. I don't know who "she" is but I think it's Mother Earth. I also love "Deconstruction" and although a previous person thought the lyrics were sub-par I think they are brilliant. I love the lines that say....
"We're sculpted from youth, the chipping away makes me weary
And as for the truth it seems like we just pick a theory
The one that justifies our daily lives
And backs us with quiver and arrows
To protect openings cause when the warring begins
How quickly the wide open narrows"
I also love the song Collecting You. I thought the lyrics in that were wonderful as well. I don't think you need to be as poetic as they were in a song like "Ghost" to say something powerful and meaninful.
Buy this album. You won't regret it. I love it...
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When compared to previous IG albums, "Become You" might at first sound disappointing. Of course, most of the ingredients that make the IG such a brilliant duo are there... the amazing voice harmonies, the clever writing, the folk-oriented melodies... But for those expecting it to go right to the top of your fav list, it might not match those expectations.
However, after listening to this record a few times, you'll probably notice the tunes and lyrics will start to get to you just like IG songs always do. "You've Got To Show", "Starkville" and "Bitterroot" are among my favorites in this album. "Nuevas Señoritas" and "She's Saving Me" have that sort of soothing feel that makes you want to kick off your shoes, lay back on your couch and watch the evening set in.
While previous albums have better examples of Emily's wonderful writing might, Amy's unfolds quite nicely, and shows some maturing. All in all, not the best IG cd ever, but one you'll be able to enjoy if you give it a chance.
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The IGs have returned to the relationship-heavy themes of their earlier albums. Gone are the dense, complex arrangements of Scooter Boys, Jonas & Ezikiel, and Gone Again; and gone are the harder-hitting songs like Sister, Compromise, and Go from the previous Come On Now Social. Not that there is anything wrong with the mellower side of the Girls; songs like Ghost, You and Me of 10,000 Wars, Galileo, and Prince of Darkness are masterpieces. I get the feeling, though, that Emily is writing the same song over and over again. I am getting a bit tired of her songs about turbulent relationships.
Musically, this album is pretty tame. Some may prefer this side of the Indigo Girls, but I prefer Amy's darker, denser arrangements; songs like Three Hits, Dead Man's Hill, Chicken Man, and the previously mentioned songs from Come On Now Social. These type of songs are lacking on Become You, with the exception of the title track and Starkville.
This album tends to put me to sleep and the last song, Nuevas Senoritas, makes me nod off all together.
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I was introduced to IG 7 years ago and they continue to occupy the top place on my music shelf. This album is no exception. Become You is sure to please anyone who has followed the IG legacy from their humble beginnings. Become You blends the maturity of their later work with the familiar grass-roots sound of Nomads. Emily has a number of prominent heart-tugging and thought-provoking ballads on this album. Amy continues to vocalize her political message with her familiar 'edgy' style without resorting to the hard new-fangled electric sound that was prominent in SOTS and CONS. Back is the all-familiar harmonies that was IG's hallmark in the early 90's. Bitterroot is destined for concert greatness in much the same way Chickenman did. This is one of those "roll down your windows and sing boldly" diddy's :)
This album will elicit a sense of nostalgia in you the first time you play it. I thoroughly enjoyed Shaming and Come on Now, but like returning from a long vacation - it's good to come home again :) A must buy!
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