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ig-news-digest        monday, january 29 2007        volume 10 : number 006

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] miami herald article      [sherlyn koo <>]
  [ig-news] ucd advocate dod review   [sherlyn koo <>]


date: mon, 29 jan 2007 15:06:40 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] miami herald article

hi folks,

here's an article from the miami herald.  you can read it online at:


- ---begin forwarded article---
posted on fri, jan. 26, 2007      

the girls just want to move on

by lisa arthur

emily saliers doesn't really want to talk about the indigo girls' anniversary.

twenty years ago, the georgia-based folk-rock duo released its first album
strange fire on their own label. almost immediately, epic records came courting
with a 10-album deal.

ten studio albums and 12 million records sold later, it's not that they don't
have an abundance to celebrate. a core base of rabid fans has given the girls
enough commercial success over the years to outlast most of the female
singer-songwriters they came up with, including suzanne vega and tracy chapman.

but marking milestones and looking back aren't what saliers and amy ray are
jazzed about in 2007.

"what really feels good to us is that we're looking ahead at this stage,"
saliers says over the phone from her home in the atlanta area. "we have a new
record deal on a new label and we plan to keep making new music. we're still

their latest cd, despite our differences -- the duo's first for hollywood
records -- has been lauded as the freshest sounding and strongest collection of
songs from the girls in a decade. they're touring behind differences and make a
stop tonight at pompano beach amphitheater

"this is my favorite record we've ever made," says saliers. "making a record
like this after all this time really bodes well for our future."

the future looked less certain at the end of 2005 when their deal with epic ran
out. they weren't sure how much interest there would be in signing them or where
they might land. despite critical acclaim and their devoted fan base, the indigo
girls have dwelt mainly on the fringes of the music business without much radio
play or face time on mtv or vh-1, especially during the past 10 years.

"we weren't worried that we wouldn't get a deal," saliers says. "we would have
just made a record on our own if we didn't get signed. but to have a label like
hollywood come after us and be excited about us really stimulated us and infused
new life into the music."

the 13-track project came together in just six weeks, under the guidance of
producer mitchell froom, who has worked with elvis costello, sheryl crow, los
lobos, the corrs and others.

the indigo girls' hallmark harmonies are in sweet form on this especially
infectious set of pop songs that range from ray's power-chord driven rocker,
rock and roll heaven's gate, which flips the bird to the music industry and
features a guest appearance by pink, to saliers' country-inflected heartbreaker
last tears.

lyrically, the new music marks a new chapter, too. there is less of the
pro-environment, pro-gay rights, pro-social justice in-your-face politics than
on their last few releases. although pendulum swinger, an uncharacteristic rant
from the usually subtle saliers, takes on "the church, the patriarchy and the
bush administration -- but it's a pop song. we like doing that. writing about
dark topics in a pop song."

mostly though, the songwriting reaches back to earlier records that focused on
the politics of relationships -- with a new twist. these are mature narratives
by two 40-something woman instead of the angsty ballads they wrote 20 years ago.

"both amy and i really want to keep writing fresh songs," says saliers. "as we
keep observing life, we want to keep evolving as writers. we've always been just
a bar band -- we still have that bar band spirit and we've never wanted to
stagnate. we have a lot of new energy working for us right now and we plan to
keep going."

) 2007 and wire service sources. all rights reserved.

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date: mon, 29 jan 2007 17:33:05 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] ucd advocate dod review

hey folks,

here's a review of "despite our differences" from the university of colorado at
denver advocate.  you can read it online at:


- ---begin forwarded article---
review: indigo girls
despite our differences, hollywood records
debra goldyn
posted: 1/24/07

social activism - check. intelligent lyrics - check. upbeat, positive outlook -
check. wait, what was that last thing? the indigo girls have weathered 20 years
in the music industry; they might be forgiven for having a downbeat, cynical
attitude. on their 10th studio album, though, the girls are - dare i say it? -
downright sunny and optimistic.

perhaps they've concluded that although the world forecast is doom and gloom,
the music doesn't have to be. amy ray and emily saliers have left behind the
melodrama of their early years, when listening to their tunes was sometimes akin
to attending a suicide watch.

exhibit a: the amazingly catchy "pendulum swinger." sure, they're taking their
usual jabs at president bush, but they've coated it all in easy-to-digest,
radio-friendly pop.

don't throw out the sackcloth and ashes just yet, though. while the majority of
the songs are upbeat, ranging from the catchy sway of "little perennials" to the
full-on rock of "rock and roll heaven's gate," the indigo girls haven't
abandoned their favorite topics of tragedy and heartbreak. whether lamenting a
friend's descent into drug addiction on the funereal "dirt and dead ends" or the
plight of farmers on "they won't have me," their trademark melancholy is still
intact. matters of the heart take top billing on "run," and "all the way," a
tune about the all-consuming nature of love: "at the heart the blue flame burns
/ all the way i took the crash-course impact / but have i learned all that i'm
supposed to learn?"

) copyright 2007 ucd advocate

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