Without saving justice and fair judgment, there can be no peace. Oppressors have always sought to crush the helpless. Yet through it all, an Eternal Truth endures--haunting the dreams of all Kings and Princes who would balance their prosperity on the backs of the poor.
Several of the songs on Indigenous deal with the theme of Man's oppression of Man. "Rank and Roses," "War," "Slave's Lament," "Turning Away," "Let Her Go," "Thundering In," (and to a lesser, more subtle degree)--"Eternity" all deal in some way with this theme of oppression. When I think about it, an album that deals so much with this topic usually would not rate high on my list of things to listen to...but then again, this is Dougie MacLean we're talking about.
Though oppression is a main theme there is so much more to take away from here than just that... "Rite of Passage" is a great song about the need for defining experiences in our lives. The chorus says it all:
"you need that rite of passage before you can continue on--that brave self understanding you can lean your dreams upon."
"Slave's Lament" and "Ae Fond Kiss" are both wonderful arrangements of songs by Robert Burns (Dougie's version of Ae Fond Kiss is one of the sweetest love songs you will ever hear).
It is no secret that Dougie is my favorite living artist. He always blows me away. I have to second the sentiments of the reviewer of December ninth as to whether this is my favorite of Dougie's CD's...I can't really make up my mind between Riof and Indigenous. Both albums are so strong it is hard to decide.
Indigenous has no less than three of the songs that might just be my favorite song by Dougie (I've narrowed it down to seven songs that might be my favorite). "Rank and Roses" is one of the most lyrically moving songs Dougie has written. "Turning Away" sets my bones on fire. The last track (and Dougie is the undisputed master of the last track) "Eternity" resonates deeply in my soul.
If I could give more stars to Indigenous, I would...this is a GREAT album. I recommend it most highly.