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Fly
     

Fly

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:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0888837133623
catalogNumber:
371336
Rank:
12477

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dixie Chicks   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Mike Henderson   Electric Guitar
Dennis Linde   Acoustic Guitar
David Angell   Violin
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Blake Chancey   Hand Clapping,Harmony
Steve Conn   Accordion
David Davidson   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Marcus Hummon   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Larrison   Violin
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar
Bob Mason   Cello
Terry McMillan   Percussion
John Mock   Concertina,Bodhran,tin whistle
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar
Tom Roady   Percussion
Charlie Robison   Hand Clapping,Harmony
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Paul Worley   Acoustic Guitar,Harmony
Adam Steinberg   Acoustic Guitar
Keith Urban   Electric Guitar
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Martie Seidel   Fiddle,Violin,Viola,Vocal Harmony
Cate Myer   Violin
Natalie Maines   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Janet Askey   Violin
Emily Robison   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Mary Kay Vanosdale   Violin

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Mike Henderson   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Dennis Burnside   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Blake Chancey   Producer
Patty Griffin   Composer
John Hadley   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Richard Leigh   Composer
Buddy Miller   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Composer
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,Pro-Tools
Martie Seidel   Composer
Natalie Maines   Composer
Mark Martin   Engineer
Emily Robison   Composer
Troy Johnson   Composer
Christopher Rowe   Engineer

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