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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With Natalie Maines uninterested in recording a new Dixie Chicks album nearly five years after the last, sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire decided to abandon her as a temporary measure: they formed the side project Court Yard Hounds, releasing an eponymous album in May of 2010. Co-produced by Jim Scott, who mixed Taking the Long Way, it sounds like the Dixie Chicks minus Natalie: softer, sweeter, lacking a sense of surprise, but not unpleasantly so. If anything, there may be a touch too much pleasantness in the Court Yard Hounds, with the record often gently swaying to acoustic instrumentation and relaxing on its smooth surfaces. When guitars are cranked ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With Natalie Maines uninterested in recording a new Dixie Chicks album nearly five years after the last, sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire decided to abandon her as a temporary measure: they formed the side project Court Yard Hounds, releasing an eponymous album in May of 2010. Co-produced by Jim Scott, who mixed Taking the Long Way, it sounds like the Dixie Chicks minus Natalie: softer, sweeter, lacking a sense of surprise, but not unpleasantly so. If anything, there may be a touch too much pleasantness in the Court Yard Hounds, with the record often gently swaying to acoustic instrumentation and relaxing on its smooth surfaces. When guitars are cranked up, as they are on "Ain't No Son," Robison is almost buried underneath their steady thump, which isn't the fault of the production: she's too sweet a presence to cut through thick production. In other words, she lacks Maines' feistiness, something integral to the Dixie Chicks' crossover, but she's a consummate pro, possessing exceptional taste, sturdy songwriting skills, and the status to hire the very best studio musicians, not to mention having Jakob Dylan drop in for a duet on "See You in the Spring." Perhaps the results are predictable, but they are satisfying, and it's better to have new music from this duo than none at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975244126
  • Catalog Number: 752441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Skyline (4:20)
  2. 2 The Coast (3:04)
  3. 3 Delight (Something New Under the Sun) (4:34)
  4. 4 See You In the Spring (4:51)
  5. 5 Ain't No Son (4:39)
  6. 6 Fairytale (4:05)
  7. 7 I Miss You (3:49)
  8. 8 Gracefully (4:28)
  9. 9 April's Love (3:23)
  10. 10 Then Again (3:20)
  11. 11 It Didn't Make a Sound (3:48)
  12. 12 Fear of Wasted Time (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Court Yard Hounds Primary Artist
Mike Finnigan Piano
Jakob Dylan Vocals
Audley Freed Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Don Heffington Percussion
Greg Leisz Steel Guitar
Lloyd Maines Dobro, Mandolin, Steel Guitar
George Reiff Bass
Glen Fukanaga Acoustic Bass
Emily Robison Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Pump Organ, Guitar (Resonator), Vocal Harmony
Brian Standefer Cello
Martie Maguire Fiddle, Mandolin, Viola, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Pat Manske Percussion
Tom Hale French Horn
Jerry Holmes Autoharp
Martin Strayer Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Richard Dodd Mastering
Jakob Dylan Duet
Jim Scott Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Kevin Szymanski Engineer
Emily Robison Composer, Producer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Martie Maguire Composer, Producer
Pat Manske Engineer
Les Banks Engineer
Jerry Holmes Instrument Technician
Andrea Dezsö Artwork, Back Cover, Cover Art
Martin Strayer Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Have a listen!

    Enjoyable CD by a talented duo. No it isn't the Dixie Chicks -- but it is still worth listening to. These are professional musicians and the music is good. Still hoping for a full reunion of the Dixie Chicks - complete with Natalie! But, I can definitely listen to this and sing along and am happy to do so!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Depressing, songs all sound the same - bad

    You could just slit your wrists and bleed out - it would be less painful

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I had hoped for...

    The Court Yard Hounds are OK....Not the Dixie Chicks by a long shot. I probably would not consider any future music from this group unless all three singers were reunited.

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