The Indigo Girls are a rare breed: a powerful group (of two) who have created music of the highest quality for over two decades. The only negative comment I think one could make at this point would be that they are consistent, while our culture is addicted to novelty. But, the Indigo Girls have never sacrificed the cutting edge, whether musically (as on "Swamp Ophelia" and "Shaming of the Sun") or lyrically (for example, "Come On Now Social" and "Rites of Passage").
Both Emily Saliers and Amy Ray are master lyricists. They conjur images, ideas, themes, and styles from our often-overlooked & forgotten heritage, infuse them with 'au courant' and transform them into immediate, relevant, fully textured discourse.
"Despite Our Differences" - their first of five contracted albums with their new label, Hollywood Records - finds the Indigo Girls in true form, tackling 13 new songs with their unique, unhurried style. In my opinion, this is their finest overall release since "Come On Now Social" in 1999.
Something new on this album: "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate" features P!nk on background vocals. (The Indigo Girls were also featured on P!nk's last album, contributing vocals to the politically charged ballad "Dear Mr. President.") If this song is any indication, I think it would be great to see more collaboration with the younger generation of musicians. After listening to "Despite Our Differences" several times over the past four days, this powerful song with inspired vocals has emerged as a favorite.
If you're a fan who has taken a break, now is the time to get back on the bus. From Emily's gorgeous "I Believe In Love" to Amy's amazing "Dirt and Dead Ends" this is not one you want to miss.