Indigo Girls: Come On Now Social
The Indigo Girls have filled dormitory hallways, sold out sheds, and souls for 14
years. Now they return with their seventh LP of potent rock-lore. Amy Ray and Emily
Saliers have what Simon and Garfunkel had, that ethereal harmony connection that
must be divine.
But unlike on any of their previous albums, the songs on Come on Now Social find
banjos and soft-stringed acoustics on the back burner, making room this time for
snares, distortion, and more "Indie-tude" than ever.
"Gone Again" and "Ozilline" are festive, frolicking bluegrass tunes that smile and
knee slap. But the lead track, "Go," gets gone with plunging kick drums and driving,
angular guitar riffs. "Compromise" is packed with punching-bag bass lines and
stone-dry inflections from Ray. Even on Saliers' snuggly call to action, "Peace
Tonight," there is a horn section.
Be it Sinead O'Connor's enlisted band bringing about this feisty approach, or just the
end of an era, Come on Now Social finds the Indigo Girls with their same heartache and
protest, just a lot more voltage.
The track "Gone Again" on Come On Now Social, a "timeless four-chord folk song" recorded in Woodstock and elsewhere in February '99, is written and sung by Amy (mandolin, acoustic guitar) who is joined by Emily (banjo, backing vocal), the Bandís Garth Hudson (organ) and Rick Danko (bass), Jerry Marotta (drums) and Sheryl Crow (backing vocals).
Garth is also credited for keyboards on tracks 7, "Ozilline." Rick Danko suggested the "My pleasures would be doubled if I could call you mine" background part to this song.
Sidemen(only members of The Band listed)
Indigo Girls - Come On Now Social - 1999 - Epic Records