Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

by Indigo Girls


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Though not what you'd call polished or slick, Rites of Passage introduces a sound and structure that are a touch more refined than previous albums by Indigo Girls. Thanks to producer Peter Collins and a slew of amazing guests, including Jackson Browne, David Crosby, the Roches, and Lisa Germano, the added harmonies and diverse instrumentation put on a whole other spin. Heck, they even tossed in strings arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen. But lest you think otherwise, the songs themselves are pure Indigo Girls. One of the threads that runs through tunes by both Amy Ray and Emily Saliers seems to center around what it takes to be a good, kind person in this world, to do the right thing even in the face of danger or at all costs. Both women also express humility and reverence for a power greater than themselves, be it a cause, a god, a love, a fear, or a poet. Vocally, their harmonies have never been cleaner and clearer than on songs like Saliers' "Love Will Come to You" and "Virginia Woolf." And, naturally, Ray's fiery passion rears its head on "Jonas and Ezekial," "Joking," and "Chickenman." The Girls continue to be two of the most literate, engaging, and important songwriters in the folk-rock scene as they tackle issues ranging from Native American awareness to governmental misdoing. No misfires here, just a steady shot echoing forth.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644886528
catalogNumber: 48865

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Indigo Girls   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Bodhran
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jackson Browne   Background Vocals
Michael Kamen   Conductor
Lisa Germano   Fiddle
Scarlet Rivera   Violin
Maire Ni Chathasaigh   Fiddle
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Benmont Tench   Organ
Ronan Browne   Pipe,Human Whistle,uillean pipes
David Crosby   Background Vocals
John Jennings   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Michael Lorant   Background Vocals
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Martin McCarrick   Accordion,Cello
Amy Ray   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Maggie & Terre Roche   Piano,Background Vocals
Suzzy Roche   Background Vocals
Emily Saliers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Simone Simonton   Cymbals,Stick
Talvin Singh   Percussion
Terre Roche   Background Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Sue Owens   Hand Clapping
Cooper Seay   Electric Guitar
Maggie Roche   Piano,Background Vocals
Sara Lee   Bass
Jai Winding   Piano
Nollaig Ni Chathasaigh   Fiddle,Irish Fiddle
Budgie   Percussion,Drums,Claves

Technical Credits

Indigo Girls   Concept
Michael Kamen   String Arrangements
Peter Collins   Producer
Andrew Boland   Engineer
Ronan Browne   Contributor
Mark Guilbeault   Engineer
John Keane   Engineer
Scott Litt   Remixing
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Don McCollister   Engineer
Stephen McLaughlin   Engineer
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Amy Ray   Composer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Michael Lavine   Cover Photo
Stacy Drummond   Art Direction
Karen Chance   Artwork
Pat McCarthy   Engineer

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Rites of Passage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MJinPA More than 1 year ago
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. Kind of ironic that it's "Rites of Passage." This album blows my mind! Great lyrics. Lush, goosebumps-inducing harmonies. Gorgeous vocals. Fun, dynamic instrumentation. And the added bonus of Amy Ray singing Mark Knopfler's "Romeo and Juliet"... one of my favorite songs of old! When I listened to the Dire Straits version (Making Movies) afterwards, I laughed at how playful Knopfler's singing sounds in comparison. (Now, if we could combine Ray's heartrending vocal interpretation with Dire Straits' instrumentation, that would be heaven... But I digress.) If you like Brandi Carlile, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, The Weepies, Cat Stevens, The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Mary Black, Nanci Griffith, Ten Thousand Maniacs (I could go on), I am sure you will love this album. Honestly, I find it hard to imagine that any music lover could be too disappointed with this purchase. Comment
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