Release Date: Jun 2, 2015
Record label: Vanguard
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Longtime fans of the Indigo Girls will find themselves back in familiar territory on One Lost Day, the first album from the duo since 2011’s Beauty Queen Sister: the same sweet harmonies, the same contrast between Emily Saliers’ crystal-clear voice and Amy Ray’s rougher one that gives their singing a touch of bite, the same emotional songs that are somehow both broadly universal and intensely personal at the same time. Case in point: the opening track, “Elizabeth,” a bittersweet look back at adolescence and the good times shared with one special friend. But there’s a modern twist.
A lot has transpired in the four-year gap between Beauty Queen Sister and One Lost Day, the Indigo Girls' 14th studio album. Amy Ray issued two solo albums, and suddenly lost her father; both women became parents; and Emily Saliers got married. The rich and bittersweet life experiences detailed in these 13 songs will likely surprise longtime fans not because of the poignant content, but because of the way they sound.
Four years have passed since the last Indigo Girls record, but a detail like that isn’t especially pertinent when discussing the longevity of the duo’s career. The truth of the matter is this: for most artists who sustain a career longer than three albums, most fans have moved on, save for the core base. Perhaps they’ve forgotten about the band, or left their wayward listening habits in the dust of youth.
Indigo GirlsOne Lost Day(IG Recordings/Vanguard)Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars If the thirteen studio albums tracing a career that began back in 1987 show anything, it’s that Georgia’s Indigo Girls continue to work within a folk/rock framework of their own invention without sounding stale or repetitious. Certainly the four year break after their last release, which includes a terrific solo stint from Amy Ray, has provided time to recharge their jets and craft these 13 solid songs. While little has altered in the way Amy and Emily Saliers write and arrange songs that weave their voices around each other when they are not harmonizing, One Lost Day sees the duo taking some sonic chances.
The Indigo Girls have occasionally drifted into flights of fancy, making overly cerebral music that belies their humble folk roots. But this new album, their first in four years, is a fine return to form, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray trading lead vocals and reclaiming their pristine harmonies without much fanfare. New producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin generally frames the Indigos in spare, beautifully melodic settings.