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Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (IG/Vanguard)

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Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is the Indigo Girls' 11th studio album. Eleventh! And that's not counting compilations, live albums and Amy Ray's four solo records. The Georgia duo has been not only prolific, but also profoundly influential since its 1987 debut. Poseidon, a two-disc effort, offers the Girls' usual relationship-based lyricism and dulcet acoustic guitar-driven melodies. The first disc contains 10 tracks recorded with a full band. Songs like the emotive "Love of Our Lives" and the harmonica-tinged "Second Time Around" represent the sort of folksy, charming songwriting the pair does best. The second disc features the same 10 songs stripped down. It's a little redundant, but longtime fans will appreciate the raw, live sensibility of the second CD. — Emily Zemler

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