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Beauty Queen Sister

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Share the Moon
  2. John
  3. Beauty Queen Sister
  4. We Get to Feel It All
  5. War Rugs
  6. Gone
  7. Mariner Moonlighting
  8. Birthday Song
  9. Feed and Water the Horses
  10. Making Promises
  11. Damo
  12. Able to Sing
  13. Yoke


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IG Recordings / Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B005HGZVDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long time since I heard the Indigo Girls like this. I remember the first time I experienced "Blood and FIre" and "Strange Fire", and fell in love with IG, and experienced the folk genre. I've stuck with them through thick and thin since then, even with the broken promises of "Shaming of the Sun" and "Come on Now Social", both of which had good moments but have never been my favorites. I've loved them in "All that We Let In" (magnificent, underrated) and "Become You". It all comes down to those voices--Amy Ray and Emily have a pipeline to my heart, they unleash my love and longing when I hear them. I give myself completely to their care in this album, and I am so happy to be enveloped in the beautiful songwriting and deep harmonic wonder of their combined talents. Stylistically, this is another leap forwards for them, a sampling and an homage to all the disparate parts that make up their brand of modern folk, but under their sure guidance, it sounds unified and wonderful. The guitar picking is classic IG, the melodic lines are fresh but so familiar--like a song you have never heard before but which sounds so familiar, like a bit of home. Production is fairly typical for the IG--it would not be accused of being stripped down, but it is warm and well thought out. Amy Ray has left behind some of her angry roughness but kept some of deep raspy-ness that makes her so unique. Emily is as sweet and shy as ever, touching more of the painful emotions that make me love them so much, but as always it is the intersection of their voices, when the two of them sing together, blending beautifully, achingly that makes me love them. Ultimately, few groups have inhabited so much time in my cassette player, my cd player, my ipod, and my heart as these two, and I can only hope that they will continue producing music as honest and beautiful as this.
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This disc keeps getting better with every listen. Beautifully recorded, terrific musicianship, thoughtful arrangements and some of the best songs of Indigo Girls career. Share The Moon warmly invites the listener into the album with a catchy chorus and a knowing lyric and every song after builds until the final, riveting triptych of Damo, Able To Sing and Yoke. For Emily, this is a return to form after several albums of hit or miss material; for Amy, this is a triumph. I could go on and on about each of her tracks but for me the kicker is the final song, Yoke. It's a stunner, sparse and haunting, and her burnished alto delivers a weary, heartbroken performance that could only come from age and experience.

This is one of those rare discs that makes it almost impossible to listen to anyone else.
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I've enjoyed the Indigo Girls ever since my younger brother introduced me to their music when he gave me their 1989 eponymous release. I've listened to every one of their studio albums at least once through streaming music services such as Rhapsody or Spotify, although I focused mostly on purchasing their early albums for my own collection. Yet, I'll be adding "Beauty Queen Sister" to my collection. These songs are luscious, with great arrangements and instrumentation, quite different from much of the bare bones folk-oriented music the Indigo Girls have written over the years. Each one is in a story-telling style, and the subject matter is diverse. There are also a number of guest artists on the album (Luke Bulla, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Viktor Krauss, and the Shadowboxers).

Favorites include "John," "Birthday Song," and "War Rugs," but there really isn't a weak song on the album.
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I heard one review praise this album's "easy listening, jazzy feel." And I need to respond. I understand that artists evolve. Musical directions change. I get it. But for me the strengths of this particular power-duo has always been in their bold arrangements and folk roots. When did this easy listening direction begin? I think the first example of it came with "the Power of Two" This song (off Swamp Ophelia) was a huge radio hit and at the time it was OK. Not their best off that album in my opinion but a cool experiment. The changes could be jazzy but the overall melody was simple yet direct as its message, leaving me still able to smell the trees in Emily's lyrics.

Then something happened.

This jazzy/folk fusion experiment seemed to dominate the sound, leading us into series of albums containing more comfy pop-friendly songs that leave me bored stiff. I understand many will love this new direction. And I'm glad you all do, but personally I get a little turned off when Emily drops a jazz chord into her mid-tempo meandering soft-rock songs (it seems Amy does this less - true punk A song like "We Get To Feel It All" doesn't even come across as remotely raw or emotional, nor does its jazzyness make it any more soulful in any way. Instead it feels to me like I'm at a buffet with all these unhip white people and each one doing the "white man's overbite" (Harry Met Sally reference)

I get shivers from the cheese factor.

Meanwhile, this is especially painful since so much of the album I DO really like. I love their voices, of course, their harmonies, their lyrics, but when I hear "Mariner Moonlighting" I really miss the strange fire of the old albums.
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