Home [Bonus DVD]

Home [Bonus DVD]

by Dixie Chicks

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Fans of the Dixie Chicks' blockbuster albums Wide Open Spaces and Fly, prepare to be whisked to new places by Home. The title is a model of truth in advertising: Pre-megastardom, the Chicks rooted their sound in acoustic music -- bluegrass, traditional country, and folk -- and that's what


Fans of the Dixie Chicks' blockbuster albums Wide Open Spaces and Fly, prepare to be whisked to new places by Home. The title is a model of truth in advertising: Pre-megastardom, the Chicks rooted their sound in acoustic music -- bluegrass, traditional country, and folk -- and that's what their first album in three years delivers. But that's only half the story. The big news on '99's Fly was Natalie Maines and her booming voice, blues-based on big ballads and triumphant on up-tempo songs. She boasts some equally great performances here, notably a taut, beautifully rendered treatment of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" -- with its message of self-empowerment it could be read as a statement of purpose by the Chicks, whose recent label dispute seems to have energized and refined their singular musical vision. But Maines also cedes to some captivating ensemble singing on tunes such as the riveting "Travelin' Soldier," Bruce Robison's tale of love between a soldier and the girl he left behind, fleshed out by a compelling fiddles-guitar-snare drum arrangement and Maines's startling vocal solo. And that's what's so sweet about this Home. It's got the songs -- by Robison, Patty Griffin, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott (the hit single "Long Time Gone," a sharp, wry barb aimed at country radio's restrictive programming tactics: "They got money but they don't have Cash"), and the Chicks themselves, among others -- and a warm, distinctly non-rock production from Lloyd Maines, which all adds up to an absolute winner. Home sounds great now, in the glow of the resurgence of all things acoustic and bluegrass. But it's only going to improve with age. Kinda like the ever-evolving Chicks themselves.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Delivering a successor to their breakthrough smash Wide Open Spaces was easy -- Fly followed a year afterward, sounding sleek and satisfying. Following that album turned out to be a little more difficult for the Dixie Chicks, not least because they were involved in an ugly battle with their record company over royalties. While they were away, country radio grew stricter, but there were undercurrents of change, particularly in the grassroots success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Dixie Chicks always had deep country roots, but it was entirely conceivable that they could have chosen the pop route, since it's always the safest bet for established stars to follow the mainstream -- especially after they have been away for a while. Fortunately, one thing this trio has never been is predictable, and they were emboldened by their successful battle with the label, along with the O Brother, leading to the stunner that is Home, their sixth album. There may be a Stevie Nicks cover here, but there are no concessions to pop anywhere; there are hardly any electric guitars, actually. This is a pure country album, loaded with fiddles, acoustic guitars, and close harmonies, but retaining the Chicks' signature flair, sense of humor, and personality. It's a vibrant, quirky, heartfelt record that finds the group investing as much in a funny, rollicking number like "White Trash Wedding" or something as sadly sweet as "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)." But the key to the album is that, as they so brilliantly put it on the wonderful opener "Long Time Gone," they recognize many modern country singers "sound tired but they don't sound Haggard", and "have money but they don't have Cash" -- and this is a sentiment that doesn't just apply to those riding the charts, but to the po-faced alt-country contenders who are too serious to have fun. They deftly balance modern attitudes with classic instrumentation, all built on terrific songwriting, winding up with an album that feels purer than anything on the charts, yet much livelier and genuine than alt-country. This is what country music in 2002 should sound like. With Home, Dixie Chicks illustrate that country music should be simple but adventurous, sincere but fun. In doing so, they've delivered not just their best album, but what's arguably the best country album yet released in the 2000s. Needless to say, an instant classic. [An edition was released featuring a bonus DVD, this not only included a Sheryl Crow remix of "Landslide" but videos for that song, "Goodbye Earl," "Long Time Gone," and "Wide Open Spaces."]
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
The deeply exhilarating Home already has the feel of a timeless recording.... The three Chicks have... refined their trademark sound without allowing it to turn into a copyrighted formula. Their Home sounds like an entire world to be explored. (A)

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Performance Credits

Dixie Chicks   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Bass,Keyboards
Byron House   Bass
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Weissenborn,Papoose
John Mock   Percussion,Bodhran,uillean pipes,tin whistle
Paul Pearcy   Percussion
Shawn Pelton   Percussion
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Peter Stroud   Electric Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Jane Krakowski   Actor
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Papoose
Natalie Maines   Vocals
Conway Kuo   Viola
Emily Robison   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Accordion,Vocal Harmony,Papoose
Lara Hicks   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Leigh Mahoney   Violin
Anja Wood   Cello
Martie Maguire   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Viola,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Dennis Linde   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Radney Foster   Composer
Dixie Chicks   Producer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
John Mock   String Arrangements
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Shawn Pelton   Programming
Lorenza Ponce   String Arrangements
David Pritchard   Producer
Paul Worley   Producer
Marc Raboy   Director
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Ann Kim   Producer
Eric Bickel   Engineer
Jim Gable   Director
Chris Kraft   Producer
Kati Haberstock   Producer
Susan Gibson   Composer

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