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on 18 November 2008
Really, I don't want to use many words here since this review was only triggered by a previous one downgrading the record to 3 stars despite saying "a fun listen and much better recorded than most [live recordings]". This implies that the Dixie Chicks Top of the World Tour would be just mediocre (that's what the middle of 5 stars means) while it is so much better. Said review goes on "The impact of their songs is based on a very emotive vocal style [...] beautifully underpinned by a high level of indiviual playing [...]. That is lost to a great extent" - that's just a lot of tosh. Musicianship and vocals are all there. If you want intimacy then listen to the studio recordings - after all, most of the songs are out there as studio versions, except Mississippi (in an interpretation which would do Bob Dylan proud).
Live is about something else. It's an emotional experience, and here it is perfectly well captured and works well in the stadium context. You can clearly hear that not only the audience had a great time, but so too did the Dixie Chicks themselves. You can feel the elation replacing the worries over possibly being shunned ("You know, they said you wouldn't come...") because of the clear articulation of misgivings for the Bush administration.
Besides, the intro to Truth No. 2, despite only hinting at all the political troubles the girls went through, is a clear indication of growing into women with a mature social-political conscience while still maintaining the chicks' sparkle.
I'd prefer it over any of their studio records any time if I HAD to chose.