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Swamp Ophelia

Indigo Girls Audio CD
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1. Fugitive
2. Least Complicated
3. Language Or The Kiss
4. Reunion
5. Power Of Two
6. Touch Me Fall
7. The Wood Song
8. Mystery
9. Dead Man's Hill
10. Fare Thee Well
11. This Train Revised

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Reflecting the growth Amy Ray and Emily Saliers experienced during the late '80s and early '90s as songwriters and as performers, Swamp Ophelia finds the duo feeling more experimental, and also more relaxed. Guests like Lisa Germano (violin, mandolin), Jane Scarpantoni (cello), and Jane Siberry (vocals) assist in creating a satisfying and full sound. Songs like the romantic "Power of Two" and Amy's solo venture "Fare Thee Well" would do Jackson Browne proud. The Roches add a lovely vocal layer to "Reunion," and bongos and percussion give the bouncy "Least Complicated" an interesting texture. The darker tones of "Dead Man's Hill," with its haunting melodica and tom-toms, provide needed contrast to the lighter moods in the collection. Their harmonies are a delight, and the closer, "This Train (Revised)," is a wonderful, energetic nod to Woody Guthrie.--Lorry Fleming

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Indigo Girls ~ Swamp Ophelia

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Winner! April 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that I was a little disappointed when I first listened to "Swamp Ophelia". I had real great expectations after "Rites of Passage" and "Nomads, Saints . . ". There were no immediate "hits" there - like on the previous albums.
On the other hand, like on all Indigo Girls albums, there are no poor songs. Many of these songs may not be among their very best, but they grow on you when you get to know them. So eventually it became a winner for me
My first favourites were "Least Complicated", "Reunion" and "Power of Two". But also "Dead Man's Hill" and "Fare Thee Well" are very strong tracks.
Most of the album is rather quiet, but on a couple of Amy's songs they get real hard rocking; especially "Touch Me Fall" and "This Train Revised".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still in the swamp.... Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
I still find it hard to believe that it's been nearly 10 years since the release of "Swamp Ophelia", and it's still a recurring theme in my personal playlist. Before I purchased the CD, I'd had a passing interest in the Indigo Girls, but I'd heard Amy Ray's song "Fugitive" used as a backdrop for modern dance, and I was hooked.
Today, this still remains my favorite of their CD's; little of it is socio-political, like much of their work. I can even forgive the use of one of the light ballads "The Power of Two" in the soundtrack of one of those forgettable Drew Barrymore movies.
Like most Indigo Girl collections, the music varies between the emotional ballads and light folk songs of positivity that are Emily Saliers, and the darker, more brooding rhythms of melancholy Amy Ray. One thing never varies, and that it the crisp and pure quality of their vocal harmonies; they are perfectly matched. They utilize a variety of folk instruments (cello, acousic guitar, different drums and bongs, the mandolin) and a variety of friends helping with lyrics and vocals to blend this collection into something memorable.
Fugitive may be my favorite of all Ray's songs, but the pace, tempo, and lyrics to her "Reunion" keep the first side of the CD flowing....
"I don't want you to feel
any obligation
It feels so funny to be free"
The song feels like a treatise on psychological care - perhaps Ray drew it from her background, or that of a friend. Ray's "Dead Man's Hill" on side two is another show stopper, with an amazing mix of sounds, and loaded with interesting percussion. Dead Man's Hill feels like a place and time revisited from Ray's youth - it starts out with friendship, but there's a scary, cold feeling to the closing lyrics of the song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! Nov. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just saw IG live again last night and was inspired to write this review. I could write a similar review for "Nomads Indians Saints," "1200 Curfews," "Rites of Passage" and "Indigo Girls". These cds are among an elite group of music in my collection where I can listen to the whole album from beginning to end...and over again (and again!). I was hooked from the first chords of "Fugitive" and there isn't a song on this work that doesn't connect with me somehow. The harmonies are phenomenal, as always. The ballads are moving and the songs that are supposed to rock don't disappoint. Hard to pick a favorite song, but I'll have to go with "Mystery." If you are an enduring IG fan or if you are new to their music and want to see what it's all about, buy this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still in the swamp.... Jan. 20 2004
By L. Quido - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I still find it hard to believe that it's been nearly 10 years since the release of "Swamp Ophelia", and it's still a recurring theme in my personal playlist. Before I purchased the CD, I'd had a passing interest in the Indigo Girls, but I'd heard Amy Ray's song "Fugitive" used as a backdrop for modern dance, and I was hooked.
Today, this still remains my favorite of their CD's; little of it is socio-political, like much of their work. I can even forgive the use of one of the light ballads "The Power of Two" in the soundtrack of one of those forgettable Drew Barrymore movies.
Like most Indigo Girl collections, the music varies between the emotional ballads and light folk songs of positivity that are Emily Saliers, and the darker, more brooding rhythms of melancholy Amy Ray. One thing never varies, and that it the crisp and pure quality of their vocal harmonies; they are perfectly matched. They utilize a variety of folk instruments (cello, acousic guitar, different drums and bongs, the mandolin) and a variety of friends helping with lyrics and vocals to blend this collection into something memorable.
Fugitive may be my favorite of all Ray's songs, but the pace, tempo, and lyrics to her "Reunion" keep the first side of the CD flowing....
"I don't want you to feel
any obligation
It feels so funny to be free"
The song feels like a treatise on psychological care - perhaps Ray drew it from her background, or that of a friend. Ray's "Dead Man's Hill" on side two is another show stopper, with an amazing mix of sounds, and loaded with interesting percussion. Dead Man's Hill feels like a place and time revisited from Ray's youth - it starts out with friendship, but there's a scary, cold feeling to the closing lyrics of the song.
Not a big fan of Amy Ray's lyrics, there is only one song on the CD that I dislike, and it closes the first side -"Touch Me Fall". It's a tirade of a song, notable for the fact that the "swamp Ophelia" title is chosen from its lyrics.
I'm much more partial to Salier's songs than those of Ray, and there is not one on this CD that isn't inspired. Judging from the reaction to the IG songs in concert, apparently many fans, in addition to me, love "Least Complicated", a song that is truly uncomplicated and joyous in its rhythms and lyrics. It always draws a cheer at live performances, and the whole audience sings along....
"I'm just a mirror of a mirror myself
All the things that I do
And the next time I fall
I'm gonna have to recall
It isn't love, it's only something new"
Her ballads, "Wood Song", "Mystery" and "Fare Thee Well" are all trademark Saliers, with simple arrangements and notable harmony. Perhaps her best on the CD (although I still play "Least Complicated" at least three times whenever I put in the CD) is "Language or the Kiss", which is one of the standards the duo perfoms when live. Here there's a full sound and instrumentation, with emphasis on percussion. But it is the lyrics that are telling...
"But I'm made mute by the virtue of decision
And I choose...
Most of your life goes on without me.
Oh, the fear I've known
That I might reap the praise of strangers
And end up on my own".
If you purchase only one disc of the Indigo Girl's music, don't go for one of the hits compilations, because you miss so much of the texture of where they were when they wrote the tunes that fit together in a single CD. "Swamp Ophelia" transcends time and talent, and obviously, lasts a decade. Wonder if it will last a lifetime with me?
Bravo, Emily and Amy!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps on Getting Better Aug. 17 2000
By Caitlin Moroney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Indigo Girls CD, and the minute I heard it I knew I had discovered something precsious. -The Wood Song- sweet, haunting and one of the best songs Emily Saliers has put forth since earlier days. The first Indigo Girls song I ever heard and ever fell in love with, I never tire of it. Never. -Least Complicated- blunt and relaxed, this song is one that puts everything you struggle with into perspective: the hardest to learn was the least complicated. No kidding, guys. -Fugitive- sad and strong. -Power of Two- always is there for a smile. -Touch Me Fall- unique and a bit uncharacteristic of the Girls, this style is one you won't hear again until Come on now, Social. -Fare Thee Well-heartbreaking and lonesome. -Reunion- a wonderful song, typical Amy Ray style. A song perfect to kareoke to with a hairbrush in your bedroom alone at night. This is the best Indigo Girls CD next to the breathtaking Rites of Passage,which is amazing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best effort, tuneful and sophisticated. May 12 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album ranks as the pinnacle of the Indigo Girls' development as a singer/songwriter duo, and even made the US Top 10. However, the duo's sophisticated and autumnal tone has precluded serious Australian interest - none of their records have reached the Australian Top 40, indeed only "Indigo Girls" charted at all.
However, this is a most impressive album that I must recommend to listerners. It is a wonderfully orchestrated work with brilliant use of acoutic instruments on the first three tracks, which blend together brilliantly in soaring vocal harmonies, most apparent on "Least Complicated" and "Language or The Kiss", with Emily's lyrics expressing perfectly the paradoxes evident in an ordinary romance. "Power of Two" is the pinnacle of the duo's career, perfectly expressing the desire for undrstanding in human relationships. "Touch Me Fall" shows Amy's harder-edged songwriting contrast with the folksy Emily Sailers, and indeed this song rocks exceptionally hard whilst retaining an impressive sophistication. "Mystery" with Jane Siberry adding backing vocals, is almost as impressive as "Power of Two". "Dead Man's Hill" is a sparse Amy Ray tune with most impressive acoustic guitars, whilst the opener "Fugitive" blends this sparser tone with beautiful horns and cellos and an intriguing lyric about a lost woman.
This is quite a package of two distinct songwriting and singing styles blended to near-perfection. I recommend it wholheartedly.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cd to be listened to 100 times Nov. 13 2000
By Clara Choi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i bought this cd when it first came out, not really knowing who the indigo girls were. I listened to it a couple times and put it aside, not because it was bad, but i didnt think it wasnt anything great. Last spring, while i was going through all my old cds, i found swamp ophelia again and put it in my cd player.
this cd must be listened to many times, before you will truly fall in love with it. i rediscovered this cd and im so happy because even though i have listened to it on repeat for days, every time i play it, i notice more andmore things. the best part is when you think you know every song on there, but when you listen closely to the songs, you discover their greatness.
the cd is veryyyy goooddd...but not for everyone i think. take your time and you will enjoy it for years to come. it never grows old and constantly amazes you. its good to listen to in the background during the day or while you're falling asleep.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, melodic, a bit mysterious... Aug. 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my third IG disk (after "Nomads-Indians-Saints" and "Indigo Girls"). I was hooked from the first time I heard them - doing a cover of "Uncle John's Band" on the Grateful Dead tribute album "Deadicated". Now that I've started into these albums, I'm addicted, and each one seems better than the last (until I go back and listen to a different one - they are each so strong).
Two of my favorites from this album...
-"This Train Revised" is as intense as they come: concise, haunting, filled with powerful images.
-"Touch Me Fall" turned me off at first, seemed a bit thick, but it's gotten to me the way the great ones do, and it's one of my favorites now. It's one of those songs that you find playing in the back of your mind part-way through a long run.
It's the balance and tension between two strong creative personalities that gives IG their strength, and this album exhibits it well. It's a complimentary tension, and I think either one alone would be weak in comparison.
Now I just need to decide which album to get next - maybe all of them.
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