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Despite Our Differences [Enhanced]

Indigo Girls Audio CD
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1. Pendulum Swinger
2. Little Perennials
3. I Believe In Love
4. Three County Highway
5. Run
6. Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate
7. Lay My Head Down
8. Money Made You Mean
9. Fly Away
10. Dirt and Dead Ends
11. All The Way
12. They Won't Have Me
13. Last Tears

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The Indigo Girls, now marking their 20th anniversary, were in a bit of slump before turning to producer Mitchell Froom, who serves them well on this energized effort--their 10th studio album and first for a new label. Recorded at Froom's home studio in Santa Monica, California, the album finds Ray, Saliers & Co. trying a few new things--recording with everybody in the same room, for example, and stepping further out of their acoustic framework for an enhanced sonic landscape, e.g., the Beatlesque "Little Perennials." They also invited impressive newbie Brandi Carlisle to harmonize on "Last Tears," one of the disc's most memorable tracks, and called on Pink (the IGs appeared on I'm Not Dead) for "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate." All this contributes to a fresher sound and attitude, but the songwriting (Amy's rock leanings, Emily's moody balladry) is up a notch, too, with the social activism ("Pendulum Swinger") better expressed and more sophisticated than their usual banner-waving. What hasn't changed is the way the duo's vocal lines entwine like tangled lovers--at their best, it's hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins, their corduroy-and-denim harmonies becoming a sort of third tone. That's a neat trick for voices as diverse and distinctive as these, still commanding as they enter their third decade. --Alanna Nash

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The Indigo Girls are folk-rock at its finest. The Grammy-winning duo whose career has spanned two decades, twelve releases and more than 12 million album sales, are releasing this, their debut album with Hollywood Records, this September. The album was produced by Mitchell Froom and is their first to be recorded in California. What is NOT new is their fanatic following or the magic way Emily and Amy's vocals and guitar playing weave together. Renowned for their crackerjack live show, the Indigo Girls have shown a staying power that has led their career to outstrip those of many of their Lillith Fair peers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Indigo Girls' career has always been a welcome surprise. Their complex vocal harmonies, litterate lyrics and highly personal songwriting have made them one of the most visible act to emerge of the late 80's "women with guitars" revival. Their career has been long lasting, in spite of the fact that they never really had a hit single or the support of mainstream radio (although "Closer to fine" and "Galileo" came close). "Despite our differences", an aptly named title given that this is the 20th anniversary of their first full studio album, is a testimony to the endurance of a duo that never really played by the rules, and survived in spite of it all- or, maybe, BECAUSE they never played by the rules.

The album is a soft, typical Indigo Girls affair. The pair's trademark vocal harmonies & distinctive songwriting is still way up front. The songs often tackle the themes of renewing commitment to relationships all the while standing as a testimony to the fragility of that very commitment("Run", "Last tears", "Little bird", "Money made you mean"); friendships and affairs of the heart are either celebrated or mourned on this album, and the lyrics are somewhat poignant on many songs. Emily Saliers delivers solace and comfort on tracks like "I believe in love" and "All the way", while the quiet resignation in Amy Ray's "Dirt and dead ends" is like the sound of a heart breaking over a friend's foolishness.

Indigo Girls, however, have been known to be more adventurous on a musical level in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 10th CD! June 11 2012
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Indigo Girls have had a remarkable career and this is a good effort on their 10th studio CD. I've said so many things about Indigo Girls just trust me folks and check out their music as they have a vast amount of music to test them out for yourselves. I have my favorite Indigo CD's like "Retrospective" and while this one isn't my favorite there are some real gems on it that made it more than worthwhile to purchase!

1.I Believe In Love: I love the sentiment in this song & the lyrical content. They are such good writers that they never miss there. I think it was the musical arrangement on this one that I wasn't crazy ga-ga over but it is a sweet song. My critisism is a bit nit picky here but I think it's just a song that didn't resonate with me personally. I say it's okay.

2.Three County Highway: I really loved this song so much from the fantastic guitar intro. The lyrics are just outstanding...lovely song about love and the pursuit of it. This song is a bit country with a bit of that Amy Ray angst to pass as a bit rock as well (in the guitar work; intro especially). This song is so intimate in nature of a longing to be with the one she loves instead of out on the road as much. Just awesome!

3.Lay My Head Down: Interesting strumming at the introduction of this song. This is a nice song with Emily's voice at the forefront. Nice, sweet lyrics that I come to expect from Emily and can count on to create that nice balance that is the Indigo Girls. This song has a more pop upbeat musical instrumentation construction which bodes well with the lyrics which are positive in nature.

4.Money Made You Mean: Love, love, love this track. At first in the introduction I wasn't sure if I would.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of two Sept. 22 2006
By popjunkie - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saliers and Ray are white hot Sept. 19 2006
By J. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's get it out of the way right now. As artists, the gay activist duo can be hard for some folk to swallow. Their most loyal fanbase, if you've ever been to a live show, is largely made up of women of the same conviction. Don't be too quick to stereotype, though. As a white protestant straight male with a wife and a kid, i report that this latest album by the Indigo Girls is as approachable yet subtly addictive as any Indigo Girls album's ever been.

Amy and Emily,both in their prime, crank out song after song of harmonic genius. Emily continues to merge what she refers to as the secular with the sacred, with such lyrics as "But you can't keep a spirit down that wants to get up again/ If we're a drop in the bucket/ With just enough science to keep from saying f*ck it/ Until the last drop of sun burns its sweet light/ Plenty revolutions left until we get this thing right" . Amy paints what may be the most vivid and burning image of the unexpected turn taken by a neighborly relationship in "Dirt and Dead Ends", "It's been you and me on this frontier/trying not to be suburban pioneers./Fighting off the pavers and the associations,/and the covenants against the trailers."

Despite Our Differences has only been available for a day now, but i've already gotten enough mileage out of the tracks to know that it'll be at the top of my playlist for a long, long time. There's plenty here to get lost in, and, as always, the Indigo Girls have offered up a setlist of songs that transcend the latest fads in the music industry. Do yourself a favor and check out Despite Our Differences.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to the power of their early albums Sept. 28 2006
By Parkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Indigo Girls made two very solid CDs in Become You and All That We Let In. They were full of good songs, yet the production was missing some of the power of albums like Rites Of Passage and Swamp Ophelia. Yet instead of the acoustic sound often found on those albums, on Despite Our Differences, the Indigo Girls have gone more electric. Same power - different approaches. My favorites are the rocker "Rock And Roll Heaven's Gate" and the ballad "I Believe In Love." The Indigo Girls' writing on here is also a return to form, expanding their metaphors and comparisons. A great addition to their library!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best album in a long time Dec 9 2006
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Find Ways To Continue To Create Together, Despite Their Differences Sept. 23 2006
By One More Option - Published on Amazon.com
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The album works well in part because the songs alternate voices - musically, lyrically & vocally. 7 songs are written by Emily, 6 by Amy. The styles & rhythms vary. 'Rock and roll Heaven's Gate' instrumentally sounds very similar to Rick Springfield's 'Jessie's Girl' (a cool rock song if for no other reason than it rhymes the word 'moot'). This album does not deviate from the Indigo Girls terrific sound. The album gives the strong impression the Indigo Girls read unfavorable fan reviews about the 'over-produced' 'All That We Let In' (see for example the Amazon reviews), and responded by making 'Differences' a return to earlier sound schemes. So if you've heard lots of Indigo Girls songs and enjoy them, you'll probably enjoy this album. But vice versa is probably also true. 'Last Tears' musically reminds me of fresh, 70s sounds of country rock

The Indigo Girls keep their unassuredness on their sleeves, asking more questions of themselves than shouting answers to others. While pop singers like Christina Aguilera proclaim 'There Ain't No Other Man' and they've found their one true love, The Indigo Girls are consistently wrestling with all their loves, past & present, political & personal: 'Have I learned all that I'm supposed to learn?' from the song 'All The Way.'

The first 4 songs are upbeat and hopeful. But like older songs such as 'Hope Alone', 'Differences' includes sober songs like 'Last Tears' & 'Run' about the illusions of letting go of loves and the near hopelessness of living with unrequited loves. On a political level, 'They Won't Have Me' is a blues concession that so many environmental conservation causes will likely inevitably fail. But the Indigo Girls would not exist if they did not emphasize hope. And 'Pendulum Swinger' starts the album's rally with 'I see love and I like to make it happen' and 'You can't keep a spirit down that wants to get up again.' The Indigo Girls can't force change, and they don't believe silent frustration can create progress. So They Sing. 'It doesn't come by the bull whip. It's not persuaded with your hands on your hips. The epicenter of love is a pendulum swinger.' They express ideas with clear acoustic sounds, open air feel, & beats that make you want to clap & swing your hips on the 2 & 4 ('Little Perennials').

There are some songs you hear that are so good, that once you've heard them, you can't practically ask yourself: What would my life be without them? They are a part of your psyche. You can't imagine throwing them away. You can't "unhear" them. The Indigo Girls have created many of those songs for me. They don't just stand on a street corner shouting clever slogans and waving signs. They articulate complex arguments and ideas in concise ways, emotionally and intellectually. They live lives consistent with those ideals. They stay in the debates long after the majority has continuously opposed them.

A way to evaluate a relationship between 2 artists is to ask 2 questions: 1) How does their effect on each other improve the creation of quality art? 2) How does their effect on each other create a more positive social environment for everyone around them specifically, and the world in general? I don't know why we got so lucky that Amy & Emily met. The convergence of their artistries is probably larger and better than if they had never chosen to work together. I don't like to imagine a world where they had never met, or where they no longer choose to create together.
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