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A solid live album from the girls
on October 30, 2012
I really dig the indigo Girls, and have for a long time. I have two other live sets from them, the nearly perfect 1200 Curfews, and the flawed but enjoyable "Back on the Bus". So I wasn't sure that I needed another live set, and I held off for a while from buying this. Silly me. Staring down the Brilliant Dream is a really enjoyable selection of the best live versions of some of their best songs. Sound is uniformly good, and they really did choose tracks that add something to the understanding of their work, whether it is an original arrangement, an especially hot guitar solo, a sweet piano backing, new harmonies--all of these versions are worth hearing and having for the serious indigo girls fan. While I wouldn't usually recommend a live album as the best entry point for the IG's, this definitely would give a lot of breadth to someone who is just looking to understand what their particular brand of magic is all about. A lot of fun, and a good listen.