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ig-news-digest       wednesday, january 30 2008       volume 10 : number 106

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  [ig-news] mobile show review from press-register  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pi]


date: wed, 30 jan 2008 12:34:40 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] mobile show review from press-register

hi folks,

here's a really nice review of the mobile al show, from the press-register.  you
can read it online at:


- ---begin forwarded article---
review: indigo girls, brandi carlile harness carnival energy
monday, january 28, 2008
by lawrence specker
entertainment reporter

"i've played mobile a few times before," brandi carlile told her audience
saturday, "but never on such an exciting day."

and that was before she got tackled.

excitement was to be the apt word for the atmosphere in the mobile saenger
theatre, applying throughout a show that carlile opened and the indigo girls
headlined. the fact that it was taking place in the thick of mobile's carnival
season seemed to have a generally benign effect.

on the one hand, the buzz of audience chatter was high: for a portion of the
crowd, the show seemed to be just a fun place to sit and talk between early
evening parades and a tour of the late-night bar scene.

but on the other, both carlile and the indigo girls brought numerous diehard
fans to the near-sellout. these were so familiar with the performers' songbooks,
in fact, that the indigo girls let them sing entire verses to a couple of tunes,
not just the occasional chorus.

the upshot: a night that seemed to elate both the crowd and the entertainers,
and a stage littered with brightly colored beads.

"we definitely don't come here enough," indigo girl amy ray observed early in
the duo's set.

musically, the night was a study in complementary pairing.

the indigo girls have been honing their socially conscious modern folk for 20
years, and saturday night's set was true to their coffeehouse roots. the
emphasis was on songwriting, not showmanship, and on harmony, not personality.

ray and fellow indigo girl emily saliers delivered their signature harmonies
despite protests that they both had colds. and they gave a broad survey of their
best songs, from their breakthrough 1989 hit "closer to fine" to much more
recent material such as "pendulum swingers."

by contrast, it was much harder to imagine carlile fitting comfortably into a
coffeehouse. in her mid-20s, hailed far and wide as a rising star, she brought
more of an entertainer's full-contact approach.

from her body language to her bare feet to her encouragement of audience
participation, she was a performer who clearly wanted to share her spirit as
well as her songs.

more impressive yet was the self-control she showed in using her vocal gifts.
carlile has a soaring, emotional high range, and rather than wearing it out on
every song, she applied it judiciously. when she finally pushed it to the ragged
edge on "hallelujah," answering numerous audience requests, it made the end of
her 45-minute opening set feel like the climax of a full-fledged concert.

no wonder that later in the evening, a fan would come catapulting onto the stage
to apply a hug that required considerable tugging to unlock.

for many, the highlight of the evening doubtless would be the interplay between
the acts. carlile and members of her band joined the indigo girls for several
songs, and the configuration changed every time. "closer to fine" got an
all-hands-on-deck approach, while it was just carlile, ray and saliers on bob
dylan's "don't think twice."

such pleasures, and a crowd showing its carnival colors, made for a congenial
sing-along evening.

"there's a lot of good energy in this room tonight," saliers said. "thank you
for that."

) 2008 press-register
) 2008 all rights reserved.

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