As someone raised on rock bands like The Who, The Beatles and KISS, my exposure to the music of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers was extremely limited to what I overheard on FM radio. Three years ago, I took a risk on the Indigo Girls' mainstream debut. What a reward!
Yes, half of "INDIGO GIRLS" is generously loaded with time tested staple such as "Kid Fears," "Tried To Be True," "Love's Recovery," "Land of Canaan" and the anthemic "Closer To Fine." But, don't be content to gloss over the other songs. They're just as impressive. One facet of the Indigo Girls' charm is the contrast between Ray and Saliers' voices. This is magically captured in two of my favorites, "Secure Yourself," and "Prince of Darkness." In "Blood and Fire," Ray reminds us that you don't need a loud electric guitar to produce tone and intensity. Bottom line: "INDIGO GIRLS" is a treasure chest and each song is a jewel. This album is one of my all time favorites.
The Indigo Girls seldom appear on television. They've never appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone." They simply refuse to bow to a shallow music establishment. This is one reason why together, Ray and Saliers have created some of the best music of the last two decades. I hope they never change.