Fly

Fly

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by Dixie Chicks
     
 

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Soaring creatively just as it's bound to skyrocket commercially, the Dixie Chicks' FLY is aptly dubbed. The songs center on the twin themes of being swept away by love and being swept out by love gone awry, and the Chicks, especially lead singer Natalie Maines, tell it like they've been there more than once. Gripping arrangements, impassioned musicianship from some of

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Soaring creatively just as it's bound to skyrocket commercially, the Dixie Chicks' FLY is aptly dubbed. The songs center on the twin themes of being swept away by love and being swept out by love gone awry, and the Chicks, especially lead singer Natalie Maines, tell it like they've been there more than once. Gripping arrangements, impassioned musicianship from some of Nashville's finest, and more than a few surprises make FLY live up to the buzz. Check out "Don't Waste Your Heart," a traditional honky-tonk weeper by Maines and fellow Chick Emily Robison, in which the female protagonist warns her man that she -- not him -- is the faithless type. Or the breakneck "Sin Wagon," another Chicks' original, in which Maines dumps her inconsiderate beau and vows to do "a little mattress dancin'." Matraca Berg, Jim Lauderdale, and Dennis Linde pitch in with literate, big-hearted songs. The album ends on a provocative note, with Maines searing Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly," while Robison and Martie Seidel harmonize softly behind her and Adam Steinberg summons a desolate ambiance with some evocative slide guitar. It's quite a journey, this FLY, and with it the Dixie Chicks demand to be taken seriously as artists by bringing music of substance as well as style back to the country mainstream.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wide Open Spaces unveiled the new incarnation of the Dixie Chicks, revealing an eclectic, assured group that was simultaneously rootsy and utterly modern, but if that 1998 de facto debut captured the band just leaving the ground, Fly -- perhaps appropriately, given the title -- finds the group in full flight, in full possession of their talents. This time around, the different sounds they draw upon are more fully integrated, which only makes them more distinctive as a group. Even if the whole of the album feels more of a piece, they still take the time to deliver a slice of pure honky tonk on "Hello Mr. Heartache" and a piece of breakneck bluegrass on the rip-roaring, wickedly clever "Sin Wagon," which is also one of the group originals here, a collaboration between Natalie Maines and Emily Robison and outside writer Stephony Smith. It -- along with the Maines-cowritten "Without You," the Maines/Robison "Don't Waste Your Heart" and Martie Seidel's co-written "Ready to Run" and "Cowboy Take Me Away" -- showcase the trio's increasing craft as writers, which is one of the reasons this album sounds unified. But even the outside-written material feels like the group, whether it's the twangy boogie "Some Days You Gotta Dance," Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly," the melancholy "Cold Day in July" and, especially "Goodbye Earl" where a wife gets revenge on her abusive husband. Like before, the group moves gracefully between these different styles, with Maines providing a powerful, compelling focus with Robison and Seidel offering sensitive support, and this blend makes Fly a rich, nuanced album that just gets better with repeated listens.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646967829
catalogNumber:
69678

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dixie Chicks   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Mike Henderson   Electric Guitar
Dennis Linde   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
David Angell   Violin
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Dennis Burnside   Conductor
John Catchings   Cello
Blake Chancey   Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Steve Conn   Accordion
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Marcus Hummon   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Larrison   Violin
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Bob Mason   Cello
Terry McMillan   Percussion
John Mock   Concertina,Bodhran,tin whistle
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tom Roady   Percussion
Charlie Robison   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Paul Worley   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Adam Steinberg   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Keith Urban   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Martie Seidel   Fiddle,Violin,Viola,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Cate Myer   Violin
Natalie Maines   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Janet Askey   Violin
Marcus Hammon   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Emily Robison   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Mike Henderson   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Troy Johnson   Composer
Dennis Burnside   Arranger,String Arrangements
Blake Chancey   Producer
Patty Griffin   Composer
John Hadley   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Richard Leigh   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Composer
Chris Rowe   Engineer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Eric Silver   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Paul Worley   Producer
Annie Roboff   Composer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Engineer
Natalie Maines   Composer
Mark Martin   Engineer
Emily Robison   Composer
Kjell B. Sandved   Contributor

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Fly 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this gorgeous threesome sound great together. their voices unite to create a very unique sound.this cd is awesome and all of the songs have great lyrics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is great! Not many cd's can be listened to straight through however, like Wide Open Spaces, there is not a song that I skip through!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song Cowboy take me away, is the bomb!!! It rocks!!! I love the Dixie Chicks!!! I really want to be a singer like them,shania,mandy moore, or britney spears!!!! This cd rocks go buy it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the Dixie Chicks are some of the most talented country artists today. They put so much into their music. These 3 girls deserve to be number one with their sassy sounds and great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Got this one for Christmas, a great selection. Goodbye Earl is a hit, Cowboy Take Me Away, my new favorite song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having almost worn out Wide Open Spaces I loved Fly the moment I heard tracks on the radio. Sin wagon and Some days you gotta dance are the two best songs on the album in my opinion as I really connected with them. I can hardly wait for their next album and tour dates.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are lookin for a new country sound, then Dixie Chicks should be on the top of your list!! These three gals have been soaring at the top of the charts for weeks!! 'Cowboy take me away' is my favorite song. It totally lets the listener become part of the song!! Anyone who would like to chat, e-mail me anytime!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love it. buy it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dixie Chicks rock the Country Music stages, with their down to earth love songs to their peppy up beat tunes. I think that Dixie Chicks are the best thing that have come to country music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't stand country and even shame my mother who has her clock radio set to a country station, but the 'Chicks' are awesome. The music is very upbeat and when I hear them on the radio, I don't care what else is on. 'Goodbye Earl' and 'Ready to Run' are not only my favorites because of how great they sound but because the words behind them make me laugh out loud! These Chicks Rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
very good
Guest More than 1 year ago
FLY is truly appreciated and enjoyed. DC mixes sincerity with fun to make a very pleasurable list of songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the last album then you'll love this one. Goodbye Earl rocks I love the song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, I think that #1 & #3 are very good & I'm sure that they all are, but these two are the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only CD where every song is great besides wide open spaces.Guess thats why the chicks are #1.The chicks are what makes the new country great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to WOS I thought these three girls are good but they may not last. Then I listened to WOS more and more till it was constantly in my CD player. I was hooked. Then along comes Fly the Dixie Chicks second album. Can this beat WOS? This album is great it's got everything from awsome ballads like CTMA to great traditional country like Hello Mr Heartache & Sin Wagon. Forget Shania, The Dixie Chicks are the best thing going in not only country but all of music. They'll be around for along time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dixie Chicks have been one of the greatest things that has happened to Country music. Listening to their music opens up an entirely different world for both males and females despite the fact that they primarily talk about views from a womans perspective. An old girlfriend got me listening and I have been hooked ever since. YOU GIRLS ARE HOT!!! But I am sure they already knew that! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love it it was great and its a good country singer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is there best cd and Earl is the best song on it.I have this cd and listen to it all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont give 5 stars to just anything, but this album actually IS perfect! Every song is Very Good to Excellent. No need to skip thru any tracks with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all the songs on this CD and I want to buy it. It is my favorite CD in the country world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE ALL OF THE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM AND THEY BRING A FLARE TO COUNTRY MUSIC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is SO not your ordinary country! This is one of my favorite CDs ever!!