Indigo Girls are an American folk rock music duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in Decatur, Georgia, part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. They started performing with the name Indigo Girls as students at Emory University, performing weekly at The Dugout, a bar in Emory Village.
They released a self-produced, full-length record album in 1987 and contracted with a major record company in 1988. After releasing nine albums with major record labels from 1987 through 2007, they have now resumed self-producing albums with their own IG Recordings company.
Outside of working on Indigo Girls-related projects, Ray has released solo albums and founded a non profit organization that promotes independent musicians, while Saliers is an entrepreneur in the restaurant industry as well as a professional author; she also collaborates with her father, Don Saliers, in performing for special groups and causes. Both Saliers and Ray identify as lesbian and are active in political and environmental causes.
Elizabeth—-Opening with a slight electric feel, the harmonies are so light and welcome. The double track vocal…one lying under the other…takes me back to an early sound we have not heard in a spell. This is slight…sad…a bit electric…but priceless at the same time. The country feel is fantastic!
Happy In The Sorrow Key—-Really not the way I like the girls…this is much more an Amy Ray style solo song. The double layered vocals are nice…but I really appreciate the folk elements of this band more than the electrified versions of songs. I don’t hate it…but it is a track I skip over.
Southern California Is Your Girlfriend—-subtle and gentle….I always like it when Emily takes the lead on a song. Her voice is so much more gentle and pure. I love the double vocals…like they sing in an old fashioned round. The guitars are understated and not obnoxious….I just love this band….
Texas Was Clean—-Wow….a huge throwback to the gentle sound I adore so much. The voices blend and reach for each other…the guitars cry with the sadness that melts from the lyrics…this is just damn near perfect. I missed the last record…have to track it down…but to me…this is a classic Indigo Girls release…..damn near perfect!
Alberta—-Reaching in my chest and grabbing my heart, this release keeps surprising me. The sound is melancholy…the double vocals are better and more practiced than ever before. This is beautifully layered music that makes me want to cry…smile…laugh and sob….just brilliant!
Olympia Inn—-Returning to the Amy Ray electric sound, this is an adequate track…but the folksy sound is not intact when they go off on electric guitar tangents. I don’t hate it…but there are so many Indigo records I never listen to because the abandoned the roots that made them incredible. I like the romping sound that the keyboards add though.
If I Don’t Leave Here Now—-Stripped down and naked….this is what I have been begging for. This is slight…beautiful and quiet…making me tear up and smile at the same time. Pain can be happy and sad….this makes me feel at home!
Spread The Pain Around—-Just brilliant…..Amy delivers that deeper voice of hers and is joined with a slight subtle backdrop from Emily. I respect this band…they never super-impose surnames to make them masculine…they are pure and true to themselves. This is remarkably naked…real and painful…you can’t hide from the truth of the song…the pain and loneliness is real.
Learned It On Me—-A bit more electric again…but the melody is damn catchy. When these two voices combine, it is like a magical trip in melancholy and introspection. the keyboards they have added to the mix give them a new dynamic…makes it even more diverse than before…this is exquisite.
The Rise Of The Black Messiah—-I wish sometimes I knew all of the hidden messages of all of these songs. this o me speaks of the horrible racism we live in…the inequality…the sadness of living in a Country that still discriminates. The words make tears spring to my eyes…this is sad…real and a horrible commentary to the place we live in.
Findlay, Ohio 1968—-Huge swells usher in this track……I grew up not far from Findlay in Ohio…and the ale that is woven here is damn near perfect. This is Midwest folklore that is almost ver batim…..a true tale of the Midwest life that is like nothing I have ever heard. This is damn remarkable…really…can one possibly miss Ohio?
Fishtails—-With that remarkable smoky voice…..bringing me right back to my current Georgia home…this is sweet….melancholy and lonely. There are horns….there is a desolation….making you want to fish and find a swimming hole…better than the backyard pool. This is summer…..heat and a joyful celebration of the South.
Come A Long Way—-Countrified and sad….with a bit of a rockin sound. The double tracked vocals are just incredible…making me want to pull out every release they have just to feel comfort again. This is beautifully stripped down…a magical return to form and a feeling like they never were too far from your brain….remarkable!
****1/2 out of 5