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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.