on 4 March 2004
After three albums of experimental, sharply politicised country-rock, "Become You" sees the Indigo Girls in mellower, more introspective mood. Because of that, this album has much less instant impact than, say, "Swamp Ophelia" or "Come On Now Social", and the melodies for the most part are a little too subtle to get firmly stuck in the brain like those on "Rites of Passage". This is an album, really, for a quiet Saturday night with candles and a bottle of wine; but the depth and beauty of the songwriting and the sheer perfection of the Indigo Girls' trademark harmonies make it well worth many repeat listenings. Stand-out tracks for me are the melancholy "Hope Alone", and the deliciously ironic "Deconstruction" - the latter being one of the few which does lend itself to singing along in the bath, and in many respects one of the Girls' finest songs yet.
on 23 May 2002
A very short review: All I can say is that don't, whatever you do, give up listening to this after one attempt. It just gets better and better. I must have heard the whole album 20 times now, and am finding new things and enjoying the tunes more every time. This was punctuated by seeing the Girls live in Shepherd's Bush and Brighton, which only added to the 'experience' of this album. That's what it is, it's not an album, it's an experience that gets bigger and better every time!
on 16 December 2003
Have been a big fan ever since I saw them live on a friends recommendation years ago. This is a beautifully crafted album containing much less politicism and angst than previous more up-tempo albums. The strength of the album is its subtle harmonies of vocals and accoustic guitar. Much self-contemplation and sensitivity in the lyrics. Yeah, a really nice album, i have to admit i wondered if they were losing a bit of direction in their last couple of albums but this album is strong and cohesive all the way through and a definite return to form.