by Indigo Girls
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Over the decade and half they've been recording together, thoroughly modern folkies Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have created a distinctive presence with their edgy melding of lyrics that explore the moral dimensions of relationships and the social consequences of personal actions, with gorgeous vocal harmonies and melodies that are informed as much by rock as they are by folk. The 16racks on Retrospective (14 previously released and two new) do a good job of presenting a representative sampling of the pair's work, beginning with such early material as Ray's earnest yet compelling look at religious hypocrisy, "Strange Fire,"and Saliers' infectious ode to self-help, "Closer to Fine." Elsewhere, there's a driving call to activism, "Go," and the accusatory anti-bigotry anthem "Shame on You." "Watershed" finds Sailers and Ray reflecting on the forks in life's roads, while "Power of 2" celebrates the strength of friendship. Retrospective (whose liner notes include a brief essay by noted feminist author Susan Faludi) offers both a revealing look back for longtime devotees and a fine introduction for those new to their work.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646160220
catalogNumber: 61602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Indigo Girls   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Bodhran
Jo-El Sonnier   Accordion
Luka Bloom   Background Vocals
Steve Earle   Harmonica,Vocals
Roches   Background Vocals
Michael Kamen   Conductor
Lisa Germano   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Penny Whistle
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Dallas Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ronan Browne   uillean pipes
Malcolm Burn   Beat Box
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Blair Cunningham   Drums
Caroline Dale   Cello
Jay Dee Daugherty   Drums
Peter Holsapple   Keyboards
Carol Isaacs   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Bass
John Jennings   Electric Guitar
John Keane   12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Claire Kenny   Bass
Chuck Leavell   Piano
Michael Lorant   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Drums,Taos Drum
Bill Newton   Harmonica,Chromatic Harmonica
Fiachna O'Braondin   Vocals,Background Vocals,tin whistle
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Vocals,Background Vocals,Bodhran
Peter O'Toole   Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Amy Ray   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Classical Guitar
John Reynolds   Percussion,Drums
Suzzy Roche   Background Vocals
Emily Saliers   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Simone Simonton   Cymbals
Talvin Singh   Percussion
Michael Stipe   Vocals,Background Vocals
De Vogt   Bass
Joan Osborne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terre Roche   Background Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Danny Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Sam "Shake" Anderson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Maggie Roche   Piano,Background Vocals
Sam Anderson   Background Vocals
John Painter   Accordion,Flugelhorn
Sara Lee   Bass
Jai Winding   Piano
Budgie   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Indigo Girls   Producer
Michael Kamen   Arranger,String Arrangements
Peter Collins   Producer
John Keane   Producer,Engineer
David Leonard   Producer
Scott Litt   Producer
Amy Ray   Liner Notes
John Reynolds   Producer
Steve Byram   Art Direction
Tim Oliver   Engineer

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Retrospective 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
EloiseGeddis More than 1 year ago
Retrospective by Indigo Girls is completely enjoyable. This album is very folksy, reminding me of music from the 60's and 70's, until the second half of the album. Then it became a little edgy. I still have yet to understand the depth of the words and the stories that must go behind the words, making the album more fascinating to me in the long run. Each time the most edgy song emerges I wish to turn the music down but am totally drawn in by the history of our grandmothers. This is not simply a folk album however and has a good female rock group sound as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is awesome, i love the indigo girls!!! and every song on this cd is magnificent