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ig-news-digest        saturday, march 21 2009        volume 11 : number 013

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  [ig-news] "poseidon and the bitter bug" review from  [sherlyn k]


date: sat, 21 mar 2009 11:40:47 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] "poseidon and the bitter bug" review from

hi folks,
precedence: bulk

here's a review of the new album from  you can read it online at


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review: indigo girls offer independent double-disc
by caryn rousseau, associated press writer
friday, march 20, 2009
(03-20) 11:14 pdt , (ap) --

indigo girls, "poseidon and the bitter bug," (ig recordings/vanguard records)

amy ray and emily saliers spent three weeks in an atlanta recording studio and came out of the sessions with a double disc of songs showcasing the duo's storytelling talents and guitar melodies.

the two discs that make up the indigo girls' latest, "poseidon and the bitter bug," each contain the same 10 songs -- five from ray and five from saliers. the first disc features rich, full band orchestrations and the second disc a stripped-down set of just the indigo girls and their guitars.

the songs stay true to their style -- using guitar and percussion to tell american stories of good and evil, love, loss and life with well-crafted lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm.

if the full-band disc puts passion and sound between your headphones, the acoustic disc has an immediate intimacy weighted with little more than bare voices and instruments. it will remind longtime fans of their stylings on "closer to fine" or "power of two" on 1995's double-live disc, "1200 curfews."

the album's "don't miss" tracks include saliers'"digging for your dream" and ray's laid-back and bluesy "sugar tongue." both continue the band's folk rock heritage.

ray and saliers have been in the game for more than 20 years and have released 10 studio albums. these discs are the first on their independent ig recordings label distributed by vanguard records. the songwriting on this album reveals two world-weary women reflecting on the joys and sorrows of a partial life lived.

check out this track: don't miss "salty south," a bonus track buried halfway through the second disc. the acoustic track starts with the invitation to "just pull up a chair. i got time for tears. tell me all the stories that you never did." it's almost the thesis of the rest of the record. later on, a harmonica pokes in, giving the track a feeling of an old crow medicine show or gillian welch song.

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