Despite Our Differences

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Despite Our Differences
Studio album by Indigo Girls
Released September 19, 2006 (2006-09-19)
Recorded 2006
Genre Folk rock
Length 47:47
Label Hollywood
Producer Mitchell Froom
Indigo Girls chronology
All That We Let In
(2004)
Despite Our Differences
(2006)
Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
(2009)
Singles from Despite Our Differences
  1. "Little Perennials"
  2. "Pendulum Swinger"/"I Believe in Love"
  3. "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate"
  4. "Last Tears"

Despite Our Differences is the tenth studio album by the Indigo Girls, released in 2006. The title is drawn from third track, "I Believe in Love" (I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough/And I believe in you and I believe in love).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (75/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars [2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
Hot Press (4/5) [4]
The Music Box 4/5 stars [5]
Now 3/5 stars [6]
Paste (7/10) [7]
Q 3/5 stars [8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars [9]

The album so far has a score of 75 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[1] John Metzger from The Music Box described Despite Our Differences as "the most infectious, pop-infused set that the duo ever has managed to concoct. In fact, its melodies, harmonies, and arrangements are so ingratiating that the album carries the weight of an instant classic."[5] Thom Jurek from Allmusic said it was "part of an emotional journey as complete as can be. More relevant than anyone dared expect. It's accessible and moving and true. It's their own brand of rock & roll, hewn from over the years, that bears a signature that is now indelible."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pendulum Swinger" (Emily Saliers) – 3:40
  2. "Little Perennials" (Amy Ray) – 2:50
  3. "I Believe in Love" (Saliers) – 3:40
  4. "Three County Highway" (Ray) – 3:44
  5. "Run" (Saliers) – 4:02
  6. "Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate" (Ray) – 3:14
  7. "Lay My Head Down" (Saliers) – 4:20
  8. "Money Made You Mean" (Ray) – 2:24
  9. "Fly Away" (Saliers) – 3:20
  10. "Dirt and Dead Ends" (Ray) – 5:26
  11. "All the Way" (Saliers) – 3:45
  12. "They Won't Have Me" (Ray) – 3:08
  13. "Last Tears" (Saliers) – 4:14

Personnel[edit]

  • David Boucher – engineer, mixing
  • Brandi Carlile – harmony vocals
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Jeremy Cowart – photography
  • Sara Cumings – design
  • Mitchell Froom – keyboards, producer, engineer
  • Ruby Froom – clapping
  • Jeri Heiden – art direction
  • Carol Isaacs – organ, piano
  • Claire Kenny – bass
  • Greg Leisz – pedal steel
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Amy Ray – acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, electric guitar, vocals
  • Emily Saliers – acoustic guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, ukulele, vocals, slide guitar
  • Geoffrey Weiss – A&R
Additional personnel

"Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate" features a guest appearance by Pink, and Brandi Carlile performs on "Last Tears"

Chart performance[edit]

The album opened at #44 on the Billboard charts.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Despite Our Differences". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  2. ^ Ruehl, Kim. "Indigo Girls - Despite Our Differences". About.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Despite Our Differences - Indigo Girls". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  4. ^ Hayden, Jackie (2007-03-27). "Despite Our Differences". Hot Press. Retrieved 2013-07-21. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Metzger, John (September 2006). "Indigo Girls - Despite Our Differences (Album Review)". The Music Box. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  6. ^ Whittall, Zoe (November 16–23, 2006). "Disc Guide : Pop / Rock (Indigo Girls: Despite Our Differences)". Now. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  7. ^ Heimer, Katie (2006-10-05). "Indigo Girls -- Despite Our Differneces :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Indigo Girls: Despite Our Differences". Q: 120. April 2007. 
  9. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2006-09-18). "Indigo Girls: Despite Our Differences". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Chart". http://www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 

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