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Taking The Long Way

7 April 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 7 April 2006
  • Release Date: 7 April 2006
  • Label: Open Wide/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:06:28
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  • ASIN: B00HVH4D9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,948 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M.D. Smart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2006
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I have to say, country music leaves me cold. I bought this album to support the Dixie Chicks and the concept of freedom of speech. I was utterly horrified by the reaction which greeted Natalie's anti-Bush comments in 2003. Blacklisted from radio stations, public burnings of their CDs, death threats... it was like Nazi Germany reborn in the USA. So I bought this CD as a political gesture; I thought I would listen to it once, but was sure I wouldn't like the music.

Well, I got a very pleasant surprise, because this is actually a terrific album. Mature, heartfelt lyrics and irresistible hooks are the order of the day, and it sounds nothing like my idea of country music (which is probably due to my ignorance) but a straightforward pop/rock album with perhaps a few country influences. I notice Dan Wilson of Semisonic is co-writer on a number of the best tracks, and if, like me, you were a fan of Semisonic, I think you will recognise his touch here. So forget your preconceptions about country music and give it a try.

Finally, let's all be thankful we live in a country where artists can express their opinions without fear of blacklisting and other terrible reprisals.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2006
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Musically, this is an excellent follow-up to 2002's Home. But it is also the album immediately following the furore stirred up by Natalie Maines's comments denigrating President Bush, and that makes it a slightly more important release than would be usual. That it has been phenomenally successful is likely a reflection that the hysteria only afflicted a small proportion of the US population, and that as usual the televised minority was mistakenly taken to be representative of the whole.

That the Chicks are angry with that minority is in plenty of evidence in the lyrics of songs like The Long Way Round, Not Ready to Make Nice, and Lubbock Or Leave It. This last song emphasises the message via the threatening tones of the instruments, which grumble, growl and spit with vehemence: it sounds like Emily Robison is going to pluck the strings clean off her banjo, and Martie Maguire is going to saw straight through the fiddle with her bow.

But in amongst all the anger is an endearing naivety: the Chicks seem genuinely shocked not just by the nastiness of the world, but that any of it should be directed at them personally. "Why me?" they seem to be asking.

Although the album as a whole is a shade darker than its predecessors, however, it's not totally obsessed with the CD crushers, and one of the tracks - I Like It - is almost upbeat. But there is no mattress dancing, and none of the humour (albeit of the graveyard variety) of Goodbye Earl.

A couple of the tracks, Silent House and Voice Inside My Head, glance back to A Home from the last album, but if anything there is even more regret, underlined by Martie's weeping strings on Silent House and the plaintive steel guitar on Voice Inside My Head.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 28 May 2006
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From the very first track of this album the Dixie Chicks make it plain that their lot in life is to lead rather than follow. The extremely talented and controversial female trio does it their own way, writing their own songs and caring not a whit for those who disagree with either their politics or their genre crossover from country to rock `n roll.

Defiant, proud and unapologetic, even the slow songs radiate their frame of mind, an example being track two, "Easy Silence" when Natalie sings:

"Monkeys on the barricades / Are warning us to back away / They form commissions trying to find / The next one they can crucify"

The stand-out track of the album is the first single "Not Ready to Make Nice", where the Chicks sing about the fallout from their fans and the death threats they received:

"And how in the world can the words that I said / Send somebody so over the edge / That they'd write me a letter / Sayin' that I better shut up and sing / Or my life will be over"

The rest of the album is stamped with the indelible boot print of the Dixie Chicks, maybe a tad over-produced, definitely country (albeit mixed with helpings of rock `n roll), but without filler material. Other songs to take note of are "The Long Way Around"; "Everybody Knows"; "Lubbock or Leave It"; "Favorite Year"; "Voice Inside my Head"; "Baby Hold On" and the closer "I Hope" a song written for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

This album is well worth every dime, and is a must for independent thinkers everywhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Stevens on 11 May 2007
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I only discovered the Chicks (apart from There's your Trouble) when I heard Not Ready to Make Nice for the first time last summer and thought that it was a very strong song with well-constructed lyrics and music and very powerful vocals. Having taken the time to find out about what they had to endure in the States following Natalie's comment in 2003, I fell in love with this great band and now have their other CDs as well. As others have said, some of the songs on here may take a few listens before you love them, but love them you will (hopefully!).

It is no coincidence these these ladies won 5 grammies in February, but they still go largely unnoticed by the UK audience. I fail to understand why this is, other than for the fact that most people here still see them as a "country" act. They certainly are no longer that, AFAIC. They are really between genres and a lot of the tracks on here have a strong rock or pop feel. Give it a try. I'm sure you won't be disappointed by these 3 talented ladies.
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