Review : Indigo Girls - Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
FolkmusicIndigo Girls Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have been playing together for 20 years, and Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is their 13th album. By now, they've learned how to anticipate each other's artistic direction and that long-nurtured synergy shows on Poseidon.
'Poseidon and the Bitter Bug' Acoustic
It's an interesting creative statement to record the same album twice—once with a full band and a second time where the songs are presented in their most stripped-down acoustic version. Indigo Girls started their career as an acoustic duo, so songs that focus entirely around their intricate harmonies and a slow-swelling chunky guitar strum are really their greatest strength. So, it's not surprising that the acoustic disc resonates a little more....full text
BlogcriticsIt has been fifteen years since I was first introduced to the Indigo Girls through their Rites of Passage and Swamp Ophelia albums, and in those fifteen years, I have come to accept that they will never make another album like those two. The moods of those two albums were warm and resonant, kind of like being nestled inside of a finely crafted acoustic guitar. They sang with tight harmonies, and the lyrics were fresh and new.
Fifteen years, and both the band and I have grown and changed. Now they write about love and relationships from middle-aged experience instead of the fiery passions of youth. The outrage and call to action that fueled many of their early songs is still there, but more likely to be delivered with a road-worn weariness and a touch of pessimism. As for me, I've learned to approach each new album as if it's not coming from the band that provided the soundtrack to my college years, but is instead some new creature as yet unknown to me....full text
OasisjournalsI grin as the first chords of the new Indigo Girls album echo in my room, meeting the sunshine and dancing. The song is Digging for Your Dreams. It takes me a few days after getting Poseidon and The Bitter Bug to learn the words, but the music is so beautiful, and their harmonies are breathtaking.
The Indigo Girls, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, play an eclectic mix of folk and country. I own 10 of their albums, and iTunes seems to have a different genre listing for each of them. Some are rock, some folk, others country, or alternative, or even pop....full text
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