Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Finely Aged Indigo: The Indigo Girls Return to Their Vintage Sound-While Keeping It Fresh-On Their Terrific New CD

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Finely Aged Indigo: The Indigo Girls Return to Their Vintage Sound-While Keeping It Fresh-On Their Terrific New CD

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All That We Let In Indigo Girls * Epic

The musical tastemakers have never known quite what to make of the Indigo Girls, unapologetically gay women with unyielding idealism and an imperviousness to fashion and musical trends. As forerunners of third-wave American folk music, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers now bear many battle scars from their runins with pop culture in the 20 year's they've been performing.

Even so, with a sugar-and-salt song-writing balance, complex harmonies, and scraped-bare lyrics buoyed by high-cresting melody, the Atlanta-bred pair have always managed to maintain a sizeable group of devotees, among them feminists, lefties, and queers of every stripe. Those who have followed the Girls from the beginning will note that All That We Let In, their ninth studio effort, harkens back to vintage Indigo Girls, a return to the painstaking "dueling harmonies" and alluring pop-folk that the act had abandoned for the amped-up sound of the last few records.

That's not to say that Let In is a retread or a hairy armpit sing-along; the Girls and their band seem refreshed, almost impromptu, within the blithe mood of this disk. Ray's writing in particular throws us some twists. …

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