It doesn’t get more “Indigo Girls” than One Lost Day, the first studio album for Amy Ray and Emily Saliers since 2011’s Beauty Queen Sister. This album goes back to their roots, and has a raw, Southern feel. It’s fitting that the album art is Ray and Saliers looking in the rearview mirror. There’s a lot of reflecting in this album, about childhood and adolescence, about first loves and true loves, about history, injustice and human nature, and, in some cases, about other people’s reflecting.
The revivalist feel of “The Rise of the Black Messiah” reflects directly on the violent history of slavery and the slow and still current march towards equality. Ray and Saliers juxtapose the song with “Findlay Ohio 1968,” a heavy, sticky song about the time just before the Kent State protests of the Vietnam War that resulted in the deaths of four students at the hands of the Ohio National Guard. My favorite is “Texas Was Clean,” which, with its expansive sound and the Indigo Girls’ signature harmonies, is destined to become another of their classics. I can’t overlook “Learned it on Me,” a perfect break-up song, and the final track, “Come a Long Way,” a fitting end to a road trip that has become a journey through history.
What I love most about One Lost Day is what I love most about the Indigo Girls: it’s two very different styles coming together in perfect harmony. Fans of their beautifully deep, complex sound and provocative, sometimes cryptic turns of phrase won’t be disappointed.