Hard to believe but the Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) have been around for 20 years now. In their most recent albums it sounded to me like the Girls had lost inspiration. Maybe sensing the same, after 2004's disappointing "All That We Let In', the Girls switched record labels, and this is their first album on their new label (Hollywood).
On "Despite Our Differences" (13 tracks, 48 min.), the Indigo Girls sounds reinvigerated, with catchy and memorable songs, their best collection in years. On the album Emily and Amy each take turn providing a song(7 songs for Emily, 6 for Amy), although generally speaking Emily provides the more laid-back tunes, while Amy tends to rock a little harder. I personaly prefer Emily's songs, but that's not to say that Amy is "not good". My favorite tracks on the album include "Pendulum Swinger", "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate" (which features Pink on vocals), "All the Way", and, in my opinion the best track on here "I Believe in Love", a bittersweet look back at a relationship, with the aching chorus:
"I want to say that underneath it all you are my friend
And the way the I fell for you I'll never fall that way again
I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough
I believe in you and I believe in love"
"Despite Our Differences" is easily the Indigo Girls' best album in the last 10 years, and despite lingering a bit toward the end (1 or 2 songs shorter would've made this album even better), this is highly recommended.