Live at the Roxy

January 01, 1970

(Vanguard)

 

www.vanguardrecords.com

 

BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

Their rabid following among the lesbian legions aside, the
Indigo Girls’ populist anthems and gently strummed folk-infused ballads elicit
a good-natured vibe that isn’t exclusive to any particular gender or sexual
preference.  There’s abundant evidence
resonating through this engaging performance recorded live in Atlanta in 2007,
a mostly unplugged set that resounds with the bracing, effusive melodies that
have graced their studio albums for more than two decades. 

 

As easily judged from rapturous reaction struck by the
hometown audience, the duo make an easy connection; dressed down in tee shirts
and jeans, they display an unpretentious appeal that breaks down any barriers
between artist and fans.  Likewise, the
music offers a soaring blend of breezy sentiments and stirring spiritual
empowerment, from the wistful reflection of ballads like “Hope Alone” and “Lay
My Head Down” to the irresistible surge of Indigo standards “Closer To Fine”
and “Galileo.”  A rugged cover of Dylan’s
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and a searing take on “Midnight Train to
Georgia” — featuring erstwhile pal Brandi Carlile and the dynamic Atlanta
ensemble Three Five Human respectively — 
embellish the mix, but even when left to their own devices, the Indigo
Girls not only come closer to fine but surpass it entirely.

 

 

Special Features: Three
bonus tracks – Midnight Train To Georgia, Rock And Roll Heaven’s Gate
(acoustic), Land
of Canaan

 

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