Indigo Girls (album)

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Indigo Girls
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ReleasedFebruary 28, 1989
October 3, 2000 (Reissue)
Recorded Ocean Way, Los Angeles; John Keane Studios, Athens, GA.; Can Am Studios, Tarzana, CA, 1988
Genre Folk
51:43 (2000 reissue)
Label Epic
Producer Scott Litt
Indigo Girls chronology
Strange Fire
Indigo Girls
Nomads Indians Saints
Singles from Indigo Girls
  1. "Closer to Fine"
  2. "Tried to Be True"
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Indigo Girls is the second studio album and first major label release by the Indigo Girls. It was originally released in 1989 on Epic Records. It was reissued and remastered in 2000 with two bonus tracks.

Indigo Girls American folk rock duo

Indigo Girls are a Grammy Award–winning folk rock music American duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in Decatur, Georgia, part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. They started performing with the name Indigo Girls as students at Emory University, performing weekly at The Dugout, a bar in Emory Village.

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic Records has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, ABBA, Culture Club, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.


The album received mostly excellent critical reviews, went gold after six months and eventually went platinum. The duo was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy (losing to Milli Vanilli), and won one for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.

Milli Vanilli West German R&B, pop, and dance music project

Milli Vanilli was a German R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album, titled All or Nothing in Europe and reconfigured as Girl You Know It's True in the United States, achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on 21 February 1990.

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. In 2007, this category was renamed Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. As of 2010 the category was split into two categories; Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album.

Michael Stipe sang on "Kid Fears", and the other members of R.E.M. performed on "Tried to Be True". In addition, the Irish band Hothouse Flowers backed the duo on several tracks, notably "Closer to Fine". "Kid Fears" was covered by Benny (Ibarra) on his 1992 album Hablame Como La Lluvia with lyrics in Spanish.

Michael Stipe American singer, songwriter, musician, film producer, music video director, and visual artist

John Michael Stipe is an American singer-songwriter and the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011.

R.E.M. American alternative rock band (1980–2011)

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals, and Berry's tight, economical style of drumming. R.E.M. released its first single—"Radio Free Europe"—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

"Closer to Fine" is one of their most frequently performed songs, and is often their closing number. [8]

Track listing

  1. "Closer to Fine" (Emily Saliers) – 4:02
  2. "Secure Yourself" (Amy Ray) – 3:35
  3. "Kid Fears" (Ray) – 4:34
  4. "Prince of Darkness" (Saliers) – 5:21
  5. "Blood and Fire" (Ray) – 4:38
  6. "Tried to Be True" (Ray) – 2:59
  7. "Love's Recovery" (Saliers) – 4:23
  8. "Land of Canaan" (Ray) – 3:57
  9. "Center Stage" (Ray) – 4:46
  10. "History of Us" (Saliers) – 5:27
2000 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Land of Canaan" (Radio Single Remix) (Ray) – 3:06
  2. "Center Stage" (Live) (Ray) – 4:04 Recorded live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, November 24, 1994


Indigo Girls
Amy Ray Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer

Amy Elizabeth Ray is an American singer-songwriter and member of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls. She also pursues a solo career and has released six albums under her own name, and founded a record company, Daemon Records.

Emily Saliers singer-songwriter, restaurateur

Emily Ann Saliers is an American singer-songwriter and member of the musical duo Indigo Girls. Saliers plays lead guitar as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki and many other instruments.

Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Additional personnel
Mandolin musical instrument in the lute family (plucked, or strummed)

A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick". It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison, although five and six course versions also exist. The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths. It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass.

Fiachna Ó Braonáin plays the guitar and sings vocals with the Irish band Hothouse Flowers. Born in Dublin, he received his school education at Scoil Lorcáin and Coláiste Eoin. The Hothouse Flowers were founded as a Dublin street-performance act called the Incomparable Benzini Brothers by Fiachna and his schoolmate Liam Ó Maonlaí.

Tin whistle six-holed woodwind instrument

The tin whistle, also called the penny whistle, flageolet, Irish whistle, Belfast hornpipe, or feadóg stáin, is a simple, six-holed woodwind instrument. It is a type of fipple flute, putting it in the same class as the recorder, Native American flute, and other woodwind instruments that meet such criteria. A tin whistle player is called a whistler. The tin whistle is closely associated with Celtic and Australian folk music.


1989The Billboard 20022
1989"Closer to Fine"Billboard Modern Rock Tracks26
1989"Closer to Fine"The Billboard Hot 10052
1989"Closer to Fine"Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks48
1989"Closer to Fine"Billboard Adult Contemporary48


RIAA – U.S.GoldSeptember 11, 1989
RIAA – U.S.PlatinumApril 16, 1992
RIAA – U.S.Double PlatinumJune 3, 1997

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