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Rites of Passage Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00004Z3TS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Tritton on January 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Just about the most amazing album in my collection. I've got music from rap to country, from indie to pop, from alternative to new wave-- and everything in between. I have lots of folk albums in my collection too.... but this one... this one just tops them all.
This is the album I can listen to when I can't decide what to listen to... when I can't figure out what kind of mood I'm in. This is the album I listen to when I need to be lifted up. Or when I need to sing at the top of my lungs in the car. Or when I need to revel in melancholy. THIS IS THE ALBUM. In my humble opionion, this album beats out every other IG album. If you buy only one IG album, make it this one.
I think Rites of Passage is about more than death and rekindling, it's about GROWTH. It's about moving on, and acknowledging your past in order to move forward with your life.
No one here has touched on the song "Nashville," which describes the pain felt when being shut out (ie being a lesbian, attending Vanderbilt University, which is quite the conservative school). Shut out of a community, shut out of a city... when your hopes clouded your vision, thinking your dreams could fill up the place and you could change peoples' views...
I could probably write an essay on every song on this album, but the most important thing you know is-- you've gotta buy it. And LISTEN to it... it's infectious... and the melodies, the brilliant lyrics, will take you over.
And wash over you,
and make you feel enlightened and refreshingly awakened from a long and restless slumber.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Wonchoba on May 22, 2002
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This is my favorite IG album, and if you are starting your collection, it is probably the first one you should pick up. Emily is at her best -- "Gallileo" & "Virginia Woolf" are stellar. It also includes one of Amy's masterpieces, the oft-debated "Chickenman" (one of the only IG songs to repeatedly show up both on fans' most liked and least liked Indigo Girls songs). Like it or hate it, Chickenman is not standard IG fair, but it has become a staple of their live show, and it has an absolutely infectious rhythm backbone.

Musically, there is no denying that this album is truly brilliant. But perhaps even more notably, the lyrical content of this album makes it also one of the most cohesive works in the Girls' catalog. The album seems to have a central focus on coping with death, life after death, and communication with the deceased. Heavy, dark topics, indeed, but the Girls manage to explore these topics in such a way that we are somehow left feeling good. Observe:

"Galileo" puts a clever slant on reincarnation by not only exmianing a soul's past lives, but also it's future lives: The song's take home message is that we should live the best we can and straighten things up in this life in order to not only "let the next life off the hook", but also to prevent it from being able to cast blame upon past lives for its own situation. Brilliant!

In "Virginia Woolf", Emily presents an alternate interpretation of immortality, allowing spirits to live forever by simply learning about their lives and carrying on their message. This song contains a brilliant metaphor -- communicating with deceased spirits "kind of like a telephone line through time".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on January 1, 2005
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I usually prefer the upbeat songs of the Indigo Girls to their slower ones. That's when the complex harmonies of their contrasting voices and the interplay of their acoustic guitars dazzle. One of their best songs is "Three Hits" and this CD gives you both a studio and live version. I slightly prefer the live version which cuts a little closer to the bone. I also like "Jonas and Ezekial" which is close to being a rock and roll song. "Nashville" is another good tune. Drums, harmonica, fiddle, cello, flutes and horns join the girls on many tracks. This is pretty avant garde folk music.

The unexpected treasure of this CD is Amy's hoarse, tortured vocal and solo guitar on Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet." She does a spectacular job on this sad, streetwise tune of lost love starring a lovestruck Romeo and a harpy Julie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandy N. on August 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful music, intelligent lyrics, what more could you ask for. I first heard this album at the tender age of 14 (I am almost 30 now) while I was working at a music store. One of my coworkers was obsessed with this album and kept playing it in the store. After awhile I realized I was singing it at home and school, and I bought myself a copy.

I love music, and own an uncountable number of CDs. But I think I can safely say THIS CD is my favorite of them all! The lyrics are intelligent and elegantly crafted, the music is moving. Galileo (with it's make you think factor) is my favorite song on the CD, with a romeo and juliet coming in 2nd for it's humor factor. Ghost can make you feel emotions stir at your very core if you have ever lost a lover. After 16 years of hearing Ghost, it can still make me cry.

This CD is great for taking in the car, especially on long drives. Do yourslef a favor and get this one.
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