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Amy Ray, Lung of Love
Daemon Records, Feb. 28

03/01/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The harder of the two Indigo Girls, Amy Ray tried Replacements-tinged garage-punk on for size on her first LP, Stag, an album that (sort of) made folks forget about the hippy-folk that made her famous. With this, though, she’s really blossomed. Empowered as a now-long-out LGBT activist who can really write songs, she swivels her wizened gaze at the stuff people don’t like to talk about — the Haiti earthquake, mental pain — and tries to wrap her own head solidly around it. Only half The Butchies (her backup band) are here, so it’s a bit mellow at times (“When You’re Gone You’re Gone” is the type of song you wish Melissa Etheridge was into making these days), but overall it’s sincerely, madly alternative, like a beaten-down k.d. lang engineered for the culture as it is today, wherein you always run into songs from Goo Goo Dolls (which “Glow” is bizarrely like) and Strokes (“Little Revolution”) within minutes of each other at the same sports bar, but there’s something missing from it all, namely this depth of awareness. A —Eric W. Saeger
 






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