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

Feeling Social

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

Feeling Social

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A more hook-minded CD from Lilith Fair laves Indigo Girls includes a host of guest performers

Come On Now Social * Indigo Girls * Epic Records

Considering that the Indigo Girls have eight albums under theft belt, one might pretty well know what to expect from their latest effort--strong melodies, tight harmonies, and acoustic janglings with a smattering of electric guitar. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will probably again trade off lead vocals and songwriting; they'll alternate between Ray's husky canting and the light chirp of Saliers, which keeps things fresh and varied. The duo's lyrics will invoke a strong appreciation and simultaneous waxiness of the South, and like Ani DiFranco, the two will remind listeners of the power of folk music in passing along tradition, honoring their forebears, and questioning the status quo.

Come On Now Social fulfills all expectations and throws a few twists in as well, mostly by the grace of the guest musicians. Joan Osborne lends backing vocals on many tracks, including the propulsive album opener, "Go"; Sheryl Crow, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, and Luscious Jackson drummer Kate Schellenbach all contribute their instruments or voices here and there. …

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