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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 (October 3, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004Z3SS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Try to think of an enduring, widely respected, artistically progressive female songwriting duo. Now, try to think of one besides the Indigo Girls. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been pounding the folk-rock pavement since the early 1980s, filling the ears of eager listeners with their ethereal harmonies, lush arrangements, and evocative lyrics. Retrospective traces their progression from budding singer-songwriters to stunning musicians, arrangers, activists, and artists. Progressing chronologically, the album allows the listener to appreciate the depth and breadth of the pair's musical growth--from the reedy, passionate plea of "Strange Fire" to the blithe bounce of "Least Complicated" to the dark electricity of "Go." As time passes, more instruments are added, more sensitive political topics are addressed, and more experimental techniques are incorporated. The two new cuts--Ray's uptempo but slightly turbulent "Devotion" and Saliers's heartfelt road ballad "Leaving"--are reminiscent of the Girls' younger days but also reflect their artistic growth through subtle lyrical turns and deft melodic variations. --Sally Weinbach

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This is the CD that is most often playing in my car.
A. Aubry
I really enjoy the 'Indigo Girls' music... they have such talent as musicians, songwriters and vocalists... their harmonies are wonderful.
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I would recommend this cd to those people who are just now becomings fans.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on October 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Indigo Girls never cease to amaze me. I have followed their careers from their first cd Strange Fire to Retropective. Retrospective is a good collaboration of their greatest hits. The first 14 songs have already been released on previous albums. I would recommend this cd to those people who are just now becomings fans. The songs on this album are the ones that are the biggest crowd pleaser's and one's that you just have to have. And to those of you who already own all other Indigo Girls cd's released, I would still recommend buying it. Amy's new song 'Devotion' touches my heart and the beat is new and exciting. And in Emily's new song 'Leaving', the duo harmonize beautifully again. This album is a good demonstration of their musical career over the years and gives us a hint of the music yet to come.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By popjunkie on February 4, 2002
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This is a great "retrospective" in the sense that it provides a journey for the listener through the Indigo Girls' recorded history. As a long-time fan (since "Closer to Fine"... yes, I'm old!), this CD was sort-of a let-down because it didn't contain MY favorites... however, that wasn't its intent. It's intent is to cull one or two representative songs from each recording. The two new songs are, in this reviewer's opinion, some of the best music the Indigo Girls have ever done... especially "Leaving," which I cannot listen to without thinking of all my friends and loved ones over the years who have moved on... it always brings tears to my eyes. I think this is a great addition to the Indigo Girls' body of work.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2000
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Retrospective is a good CD, and a good one to get if you're thinking of getting into the Indigo Girls' music. While the album provides a good sampling of Indigo Girls old and new, it's far from complete. If you want a real 'compilation' of their works, 1200 Curfews is much better (not to mention, they're at their best live). But for a quick and dirty taste of the Girls, Retrospective provides good flavor.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dralion on October 4, 2000
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This CD is a great introduction for people who are "interested" in Indigo Girls but haven't made the leap and purchased their CDs. It's a good representation of each of their albums, and as always, there are songs any avid fan would wonder "How could they have left THAT out?!" It covers the "hits," and since 'Closer to Fine' was their only radio "hit," this means - these are the songs they play religiously live & the crowd sings along. The two new songs are nice additions - and are reason enough for anyone that appreciates their music to purchase the disc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on September 16, 2003
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I normally don't listen to this kind of stuff, but I was won over by the sound and talent of these two. Great melodies and meaningful lyrics are just a couple of the things I like. The more popular songs are on here, like "Closer to Fine", "Power of Two", and "Least Complicated", but I really like "Three Hits", and "Galileo" just as much. I wish "Back Together Again" was on here, but otherwise this has everything I know by them. It's hard to compare them to anyone, but "CSN", "Simon and Garfunkel", and "Cowboy Junkies" come to mind, kind of. If you want just one "Indigo Girls" cd, this is the one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. J Lima on October 10, 2000
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I have been a loyal fan for years. I was a little dissapointed in this collection for two main reasons. First, one of their best albums was largely overlooked: Nomads, Indians and Saints. Watershed is the only song chosen to represent this fine album. Second, true fans will agree that the 'hits' that were chosen were not true absolute favorites by longtime fans. As good as the songs are, gems such as "pushing the needle too far", "southland in the springtime" and "Virginia Wolff" were left off. That's just to name a few. I love the girls, and the new songs are great. However, if you want a true greatest hits, check out the live 1200 curfews or the import called 4.5.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Realitymatters356 on October 10, 2000
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Having never bought an Indigo Girls CD (mostly out of laziness and the fact that I never had a CD player in my car until 2 weeks ago), I happened upon this on the new release wall at my favorite store. I am truly a lover of every style of music, but I have never played a CD continuously as much as this one. It is so uplifitng, thought provoking, and the music is fabulous. I can't wait to buy some more of the early CD's. The only song I didn't like was "GO". (Too much of a metal rock sound for me, and nothing like the rest of the album.)I will say the rich lyrical intensity is a breath of fresh air after listening to Shania Twain's elementary lyrics on the radio. You don't have to agree with all of their points of view to appreciate the superb artistry and music. Listening is a very freeing experience -- it keeps the mind from getting stale.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tilford Jackson on October 12, 2000
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...and I've been one for five beautiful years now. So, I officially want to say that it is hard for me to be objective, especially about my favorite artists of all time. But a few thoughts... First, between the two, Amy and Emily can play a hell of lot more instruments than I can. They play acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, piano, dulcimer, bouzouki and melodica. Oh...and they sing as well. I don't know about the gent below, but I feel that Amy and Emily have grown in instrumentation as well as harmonies and song writing. I'll never forget the first time I saw them and Emily switched from acoustic to electric guitar, then to banjo, then to piano, and then sat down and played the dulcimer... Next...I would have chosen Mystery to be on this album. As a sampler and a retrospective though, it certainly does show their growth. But as somebody who regularly introduces other people to the work of the Indigo Girls, I would not start with this album. I'd still choose to start with 1200 Curfews because it displays a lot of their songs as well as how good they are in concert. The two new songs, Devotion and Leaving...are more great songs from my favorite songwriters. Both moved me to tears this afternoon when I bought it and went drivin in the country to listen... So...to anybody, like the person below, who is a casual Indigo Girls listener I strongly encourage you to search through every album. It is my belief that once you do you'll drop the "casual" title...
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