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Rites of Passage [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Indigo GirlsAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  7. Romeo And Juliet (Album Version) 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Virginia Woolf (Album Version) 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Cedar Tree (Album Version) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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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Product Details

  • 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: #185,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Indigo Girls ~ Rites Of Passage

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The standard by which all others are measured. May 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk harmony, social conscience, and tortured love January 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have for every collection! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo Girls Always A Good Choice
Like the Indigo Girls. I have most of their albums. Their live sets are fantastic. Foot-stomping lyrics and music to enjoy.
Published 9 months ago by Joe B.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my faves!
all of my great music was on cassette tapes, and this made it easier to switch to cd. Thank you for offering discounted cds! I'm so happy to have this stay in my collection!
Published 15 months ago by Amy B. Fagan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Indigo Girls albums
It's a toss up for me as to whether Rites of Passage or Swamp Ophelia is my favorite Indigo Girls (IG) album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tech Sponge
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, poetic and difficult to top. Their absolute best!
This is my favorite group and I particular love Emily's amazing guitar playing and lyrics but I also think these two harmonize like no other group since Simon and Garfunkle (I like... Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by A. Brink
5.0 out of 5 stars All the things you love about this band....
RITES OF PASSAGE is really a compendium of all the things that are great about the Indigo Girls: when they sing about love, it has an emotional component that just can't be faked... Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by J. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Knockout Lyrics, Harmonies, Vocals, Instrumentation
My family has a very wide-ranging music collection, so I'm embarrassed to say that 2010 is the year I finally decided to purchase an Indigo Girls album. Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by M. J. Cotner
5.0 out of 5 stars The best from a great duo
My music taste is varied...that being said, I do love the Indigo girls sound -- have been listening to them for too many years, from back before a CD in Athens, GA... Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by Alba4me
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo Girls - Poetry In Motion.....
"Passage" is one of the Indigo Girls most popular albums with the band's fans, and is indeed one of their strongest releases. Read more
Published on September 29, 2008 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars there'll be no nuclear anihilation in my lifetime
This is my favorite Indigo Girls CD. Every song on it is high art, poetry, strung to resonant heart chords. They wrote their hearts out on this one. Read more
Published on August 16, 2007 by S. K. Harrell
4.0 out of 5 stars I can be sweet and good and nice....
Next to "Indigo Girls," this remains my favorite CD from Amy and Emily. From "Three Hits" to the elegiac "Cedar Tree," the emotional weight of "Rites Of Passage" seemed greater... Read more
Published on March 10, 2007 by Tim Brough
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