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Indigo Girls Wing
Review by Heather Gmucs of The Decline
With a nice build in the chorus, over simple, smooth piano riffs (Carol
Isaacs) and booming drum work (Brady Blade) like a heartbeat the tune moves
seamlessly from powerlessness to insight. Track three, "Become You"
kicks out a diatribe on the social structures that bind Southerners (and most
Americans) from becoming their Truth.
"I see you walking in the glare/down the country road we used to share/our Southern blood, my heresy, damn that old Confederacy." The chunky straight-ahead folk/rock guitar (Rae and Saliers) coupled with a melodic overlay of the accordion (Isaacs) makes a rich backdrop for Rae's gritty vocals.
Unfortunately there is an edge missing from this new release. "Become You" lacks the drive and the soulfulness of the albums that came before it. Slick over production takes away from the grass roots feel inherent in the "Closer to Fine" and "Hammer and a Nail" days.
The Indigo Girls seem to have crossed over in to a new genre, "lite folk rock"; an oxymoron in the sense of traditional folk genre. Although, "Become You" speaks out against injustices, swoons over love and generally gets down to the "humanness" of humans, in a collection of sweetly arranged narratives, the listener might be induced into spring cleaning mode rather than fixated expectantly on the next track of the disc. The bark is definitely more poignant than the bite .
Check out more at the Indigo Girls website about them, buying their music and performance dates.
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