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5.0 out of 5 stars Dixie's album has heart and soul, plus a great concert too, 23 Sep 2003
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David Terrar (St. Albans, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Home (Repackage With Bonus DVD) (Audio CD)
I only recently heard of the Dixie Chicks following the controversy over their comments about George Bush just before the Iraq war, and the subsequent backlash from the country music and radio establishment. This album is an absolute delight. Strong songs, played by a great trio, backed by a high quality band. The production is clean and simple, as are the blue grass arrangements. Their cover of Fleetwood Mac's Landslide is great, the 2 Patty Griffin songs are heartbreaking, and their own compositions like White Trash Wedding follow the best country traditions. Travelling Soldier is my favourite, and a real tearjerker. What's more, this special edition has a concert DVD recorded just before they released Home. It contains all of the album in the same sequence, followed by encores of earlier favourites from their previous albums. The concert footage shows that Nataile is a great singer, Emily and Martie can really play, and they are backed mostly by the same musicians as the album. It is no wonder their sound and approach had taken the country music scene in the USA by storm (before Natalie dared to suggest she was ashamed George Bush comes from Texas a few days before the Iraq war started). The fact that they speak their mind and stand for what they believe in, even in the face of a reactionary country music business that banned their records and orchestrated mass burning of their CDs just because they dared to criticise George Bush makes them worthy of your support. Buy this album and DVD. It is fantastic value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dixie Chicks offer on sale, 1 Dec 2004
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Andrey Kirillov (Samara, Russia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Home (Repackage With Bonus DVD) (Audio CD)
This limited edition of the Dixie Chicks' "Home" is the best double CD offer in country music section. It includes an audio CD "Home" and a DVD "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks". The audio CD also contains three bonus tracks. So, this compilation is really a super value for the Chicks' fans and not only for them.
The audio CD features "Home" album with its 12 compositions. The Dixie Chicks' third album does not cross the country borders, yet it is pleasing to the ears of a general listener. Most of the tracks are meaningful lyrics and great music combined with the superb singing by the three Chicks and masterful playing by the band. The CD opens with the very-country "Long Time Gone" as if telling the story of the girls recalling their rural Texan childhood. The trio returns to business fresh after the legal battles with their label record Sony. They are also having a few comebacks to their Texas. The title song "A Home" is full of reminiscences about the long-gone past and mistakes of the youth. Emily Robison's dobro solo really makes everything tremble to the core, if you are not already shaken by the rest of the songs. Some of them tell the stories, like a tear-jerker "Travelin' Soldier" about the love between a barmaid and a Vietnam War soldier; or "White Trash Wedding" about a girl marrying a poor man because she's pregnant; or "Tortured, Tangled Hearts" with an insight into what might happen after marrying the wrong person. Some songs tell us of love as a simple but important human feeling: "More Love" is, as Natalie Maines put it, the Dixie Chicks' answer to militaristic Toby Keith's lyrics; "I Believe in Love" is a very heartfelt confession of a person who has suffered but is still sure that true feelings exist. There is also one instrumental track "Lil' Jack Slade" where the Chicks let their hands do the job and voices take a rest.
And finally "Home" includes three songs previously recorded by other artists. They are Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" telling us the story of the band that realised its true potential and struggled with blocks on its way to world recognition and popularity; and two Patty Griffin's remixes - "Truth No. 2" with the country beat and "Top of the World" with a more lyrical tune. But this is not all. As already mentioned this double package is full of bonus features. One of them is three additional audio tracks: Sheryl Crowe's remix of "Landslide" with Sheryl Crow playing the bass guitar; the Greg Collins remix of "Top of the World", and a breathtaking re-record of "Travelin' Soldier" whose acoustic flavour makes it slightly less country but greatly more appealing to wider audiences, it certainly adds more feeling to the story of a faithful love.
In general the overall lyrics and tone of "Home" is more philosophical and serious than that of their previous "Fly" album. In the number of ballads they came closer to their debut "Wide Open Spaces" CD. But this seriousness would not scare their true fans off. The Chicks now show their maturity and confidence in their talents and popularity, no matter what Natalie happens to say about politics. If the band used to be banned from American radio waves some time ago, it surely cannot be banned from our hearts.
The DVD contains the recording of the concert "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks" made at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. This DVD can be purchased separately, but surely the present double package is a true saver as you can enjoy both the audio and video disks. The Chicks sing all the songs from their "Home" album and a few more of their hits ("Wide Open Spaces", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Goodbye Earl" and "Sin Wagon"). The DVD recording without a doubt will let you feel the great uplifting atmosphere of the live concert. Great shots, camera sliding all around the auditorium and showing how much the public likes and supports the band, perfect sound, no flaws in the picture - these are just some of the features making the DVD worth having and playing. However, the major thing worth our attention is the Dixie Chicks and their music. They really rock and move you with Natalie Maines' clear vocals, Emily Robison's charm and Martie Maguire's fiddle solos. They sing live, they play live, they make the audience sing and dance with them, they'll make you sing and dance with them as well. What you get here is an hour and a half of authentic country that easily captivates even those who do not consider themselves as country fans.
The only drawback of this edition is that the booklet does not have the lyrics of the songs. Yet it has additional pictures of the Chicks in comparison with the original "Home" CD booklet. But surely after listening to this audio CD and watching the DVD you will know the lyrics by heart and want to watch the concert again and again. The spirit of joy, love, unity, compassion, the words and the music will remain with you forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Talent!, 23 Aug 2004
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C. V. McCulloch "kv_mc" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Home (Repackage With Bonus DVD) (Audio CD)
I bought this album mainly for the cover of Stevie Nick's Landslide. The first track was amazing, then the next and the next and it just kept going!
My favourite songs so far is Long Time Gone, Landslide, Godspeed (sweet dreams), White Trash Wedding, More Love and Top of the World. The rest aren't far behind that is how wicked this album is, the best in my collection by far in terms of harmonies,rythym and pure musical talent.
The DVD of the concert is also amazing. You can really see the speed at which these artists play. Brilliant quality and sound, it also shows the personality of the three which you can't get from audio as well as a bit of history/background on the songs. For example, White Trash wedding was written about Martie Maguire about her marriage to her second husband!
I don't usually listen to country music but since I bought this album a week ago I haven't listened to another one thats how brilliant is. It does lift your spirits no matter what mood you're in.
GO AND BUY IT NOW!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dixie Chicks offer on sale, 4 Dec 2004
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Andrey Kirillov (Samara, Russia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Home (Repackage With Bonus DVD) (Audio CD)
This limited edition of the Dixie Chicks' "Home" is the best double CD offer in country music section. It includes an audio CD "Home" and a DVD "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks". The audio CD also contains three bonus tracks. So, this compilation is really a super value for the Chicks' fans and not only for them.
The audio CD features "Home" album with its 12 compositions. The Dixie Chicks' third album does not cross the country borders, yet it is pleasing to the ears of a general listener. Most of the tracks are meaningful lyrics and great music combined with the superb singing by the three Chicks and masterful playing by the band. The CD opens with the very-country "Long Time Gone" as if telling the story of the girls recalling their rural Texan childhood. The trio returns to business fresh after the legal battles with their label record Sony. They are also having a few comebacks to their Texas. The title song "A Home" is full of reminiscences about the long-gone past and mistakes of the youth. Emily Robison's dobro solo really makes everything tremble to the core, if you are not already shaken by the rest of the songs. Some of them tell the stories, like a tear-jerker "Travelin' Soldier" about the love between a barmaid and a Vietnam War soldier; or "White Trash Wedding" about a girl marrying a poor man because she's pregnant; or "Tortured, Tangled Hearts" with an insight into what might happen after marrying the wrong person. Some songs tell us of love as a simple but important human feeling: "More Love" is, as Natalie Maines put it, the Dixie Chicks' answer to militaristic Toby Keith's lyrics; "I Believe in Love" is a very heartfelt confession of a person who has suffered but is still sure that true feelings exist. There is also one instrumental track "Lil' Jack Slade" where the Chicks let their hands do the job and voices take a rest.
And finally "Home" includes three songs previously recorded by other artists. They are Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" telling us the story of the band that realised its true potential and struggled with blocks on its way to world recognition and popularity; and two Patty Griffin's remixes - "Truth No. 2" with the country beat and "Top of the World" with a more lyrical tune. But this is not all. As already mentioned this double package is full of bonus features. One of them is three additional audio tracks: Sheryl Crowe's remix of "Landslide" with Sheryl Crow playing the bass guitar; the Greg Collins remix of "Top of the World", and a breathtaking re-record of "Travelin' Soldier" whose acoustic flavour makes it slightly less country but greatly more appealing to wider audiences, it certainly adds more feeling to the story of a faithful love.
In general the overall lyrics and tone of "Home" is more philosophical and serious than that of their previous "Fly" album. In the number of ballads they came closer to their debut "Wide Open Spaces" CD. But this seriousness would not scare their true fans off. The Chicks now show their maturity and confidence in their talents and popularity, no matter what Natalie happens to say about politics. If the band used to be banned from American radio waves some time ago, it surely cannot be banned from our hearts.
The DVD contains the recording of the concert "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks" made at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. This DVD can be purchased separately, but surely the present double package is a true saver as you can enjoy both the audio and video disks. The Chicks sing all the songs from their "Home" album and a few more of their hits ("Wide Open Spaces", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Goodbye Earl" and "Sin Wagon"). The DVD recording without a doubt will let you feel the great uplifting atmosphere of the live concert. Great shots, camera sliding all around the auditorium and showing how much the public likes and supports the band, perfect sound, no flaws in the picture - these are just some of the features making the DVD worth having and playing. However, the major thing worth our attention is the Dixie Chicks and their music. They really rock and move you with Natalie Maines' clear vocals, Emily Robison's charm and Martie Maguire's fiddle solos. They sing live, they play live, they make the audience sing and dance with them, they'll make you sing and dance with them as well. What you get here is an hour and a half of authentic country that easily captivates even those who do not consider themselves as country fans.
The only drawback of this edition is that the booklet does not have the lyrics of the songs. Yet it has additional pictures of the Chicks in comparison with the original "Home" CD booklet. But surely after listening to this audio CD and watching the DVD you will know the lyrics by heart and want to watch the concert again and again. The spirit of joy, love, unity, compassion, the words and the music will remain with you forever.
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