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Rites Of Passage (Expanded Edition) [CD]

Indigo Girls Audio CD
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On their fourteenth studio album, Grammy-winning folk-rock duo Indigo Girls deliver a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. Alternating richly textured storytelling with moody ruminations on modern-world worries, Beauty Queen Sister (due out October 4, 2011 on IG Recordings/Vanguard Records) reveals a fierce longing for a more idyllic existence while still ... Read more in Amazon's Indigo Girls Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000051TUA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Three Hits
2. Galileo
3. Ghost
4. Joking
5. Jonas & Ezekial
6. Love Will Come To You
7. Romeo And Juliet
8. Virginia Woolf
9. Chickenman
10. Airplane
11. Nashville
12. Let It Be Me
13. Cedar Tree
14. Three Hits
15. Love Will Come To You

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's whatever you want it to be! 5 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Indigo Girls have come so far now and they're able to just keep on going. This is because if you're sitting there thinking "A friend said they're good, but which album shall I start with?" Well then this is the album to go for. Rites of Passage does most definetely allow fresh ears in to an innovation in music which has been around for years. I couldn't pick the tracks better myself. There is a contrast of complexity and simplicity somehow moulded in to one song. The vocal harmonies are to die for and to think, "That's a woman playing lead guitar like that!" is truely inspiring. You can sing along to this in the car or you can sit in your living room with a few candles lit. This album most definetely adapts to any mood!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this 4 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Every once in a blue moon, an album comes along that, to misquote the famous advert, reaches the parts that others simply don't reach. This is one of them. The Indigo Girls seem to have got their reputation, in the UK at least, by word of mouth; a friend of mine played me "Galileo", and from that moment on I was simply entranced. Anyone who can write a song about two people sitting in the pub discussing reincarnation has to win respect for their intelligence and quirky humour. To do so with the sheer melodic beauty and catchiness which Amy Ray and Emily Saliers bestow upon this track, and then to repeat it across a whole album (and an entire career) is simply astonishing.
The Indigo Girls' music is a heady mix of sharp, left of centre political comment, and the emotional torture of love lost and found. The medium tends to be acoustic guitar-led, country-tinged arrangements but they are more than capable of delivering a storming piece of sing-along pop ("Joking" is a perfect piece of summer driving music) or a blistering rock-out rant when the mood takes them. Amy Ray's songs pack the most punch while Emily's tend to be delicate, but prepare yourself from some savage irony and real bitterness hidden in the guise of a wistful love ballad ("Ghost" and "Love Will Come to You").
Although not as experimental or as savage-edged as one or two of their later albums, "Rites of Passage" is the album which sets the standard for the Indigo Girls. For women with guitars across the USA and the world, it's a standard that's wellnigh impossible to better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Indigo Girls Album ever ? 22 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
... possibly. Certainly it would be in my top 2. Look at that track listing. The only way to improve it, IMHO, would to remove "Airplane". Which for some reason annoys me. That aside, "3 Hits", "Galileo" and "Ghost" are simply classics, tight harmonies and awesome guitar work. "Joking" rocks big time, and if you haven't driven cross country with all the windows down, sun roof open, with shades on, the wind messing with your hair whilst listening to this track cranked up to ear-bleeding loud - you have to. Trust me.
"Jonas & Ezekial" - I can't help myself, I have to sing along to this, ditto for "Love will come to you". Two songs that are so different, but so quintessentially the Indigo Girls.
Amy's rendition of "Romeo and Juliet" sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. Angry, dark and passionate. I loved the original, but Amy's take on it is way, *way* better.
"Virginia Woolf" and "Chickenman" ? see my comments for "Jonas and Ezekial" and "Love will come to you" above.
"Airplane", I skip over.
"Nashville" is simply brilliant, a scathing comment on that music industry town, delivered via sumptuous vocals and an assured melody.
How could you equal that ?
Well, with the next track "Let it be me". I'm running out of superlatives now, have I used 'fantastic' yet ? No ? Well it is. So there.
The version of the album that I have, ends on the next track - "Cedar Tree". A great, if somewhat sombre offering, that I greatly enjoy. Though more often than not, I dial back to the previous two tracks, and just re-enjoy them again.
In short: this album rules, buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carving out a new genre 24 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
The music of the Indigo Girls is often classified as country, a word which would normally send me running in the opposite direction. On the strength of reviews however, I decided to give this album a go, and I haven't regretted it.
The stand-out song on 'Rites of Passage' has to be the magnificent 'Ghost'; the lyrics have a new layer of meaning with each hearing of them. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous song. 'Galileo' and 'Virginia Woolf' continue the girls' deconstruction of the male-constructed guitar music canon, as does Amy Ray's darker interpretation of Dire Straits' 'Romeo and Juliet'; 'Nashville', another superb track, is a witty and biting attack on the modern music industry.
The real joy of listening to the Indigo Girls is their ability to turn a genre on its head, and defy any pigeon-holing; they're neither your average country singers, nor are they your average female singer-songwriters. 'Rites of Passage' serves as a great introduction to their music, and I would recommend to anyone with a sense of humour and an ear for genuine talent.
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