Mother

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the double-platinum Taking the Long Way in 2006, the Dixie Chicks went on hiatus in 2007 after winning three Grammys; they had nothing left to prove. They'd successfully beat back the infamous country radio blacklisting they experienced in 2003 after Natalie Maines' comments about president George W. Bush during the Iraq war. They re-emerged in 2010 with a string of dates with the Eagles and Keith Urban -- the same year that sisters Emily Robison's and Martie Maguire's side band, the Court Yard Hounds, released their self-titled debut. After three years of silence, it's Maines' turn. Mother was co-produced with Ben Harper; he and his band back her on a series of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the double-platinum Taking the Long Way in 2006, the Dixie Chicks went on hiatus in 2007 after winning three Grammys; they had nothing left to prove. They'd successfully beat back the infamous country radio blacklisting they experienced in 2003 after Natalie Maines' comments about president George W. Bush during the Iraq war. They re-emerged in 2010 with a string of dates with the Eagles and Keith Urban -- the same year that sisters Emily Robison's and Martie Maguire's side band, the Court Yard Hounds, released their self-titled debut. After three years of silence, it's Maines' turn. Mother was co-produced with Ben Harper; he and his band back her on a series of generally polished rock & roll covers and originals. This is a singer's record, not a songwriter's. Maines has made no secret of her preference for rock and R&B over country, and her version of rock is indulged here. The set's best moments are the most unexpected. Her reading of Eddie Vedder's "Without You" finds Maines digging into its lyric and exposing its veins. The title cut by Roger Waters is less spooky and mournful than the original, and contains a tinge of contemporary country in its mix. The set's real gems include her scorching take on Patty Griffin's unreleased "Silver Bell," which is nearly off the rails in its intensity and features blazing guitars from Harper and Jason Mozersky. The midtempo "Come Cryin to Me" was co-written by the Dixie Chicks and the Jayhawks' Gary Louris. It's a pop
ock number about devotion and unconditional love, and Maines delivers the lyric with an earthy passion and commitment. Her version of Jeff Buckley's "Lover You Should Have Come Over" stretches her throaty contralto and falsetto to the breaking point, and offers a range of expression we've seldom heard from her before. "Vein in Vain" -- is the set's only original tune and only ballad, but it exercises all of her authority as a vocalist in its confessional, broken-hearted narrative. Set closer "Take It on Faith," with Harper's stinging slide guitar and glorious multi-layered backing chorus, caps it off with a gospel-like affirmation. For all its positives, however, Mother feels a tad uneven. For one, Harper's "Trained," the set's lone attempt at R&B-rock fusion, falls flat, succeeding at neither. While Maines' singing is the glue that holds everything together, the set's overly polished production and the scattershot curation of the material makes it feel like more like just a haphazard collection of songs than a cohesive album. Maines' fans, won't mind these quibbles, however, and will likely delight in her rock & roll obsession.
From the Producers
MOTHER is the solo debut from Natalie Maines, the always provocative, multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning singer of the Dixie Chicks. On MOTHER, people will hear a new direction from the singer. Heavily influenced by the more rock-based, edgy and intense sound of title track, and Pink Floyd cover, “Mother,” Maines teamed up with friend and Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and guitar wizard Ben Harper, who co-produced the record with Maines. The album was recorded in Harper’s studio.

"I wanted this music to be very different from the Dixie Chicks," she says. "Lots of albums by lead singers might just as well have been made by the band, but I think this is very different from anything the Chicks could make. That separation and distinction was important."

One of the initial songs they tackled was the soaring, tortured ballad from Pink Floyd's The Wall that ultimately gave this album its title. The result is a cover, which NPR's Ann Powers has described as "a tender acknowledgment of how fear can entrap all of us, even when we want to do nothing but love."

“Free Life” was written by Dixie Chicks collaborator and Grammy-Award winner, Dan Wilson. As different as this new music is from her Dixie Chicks roots, the songwriting credits on "Come Cryin' to Me" reveal that even her fellow Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison still kept a hand in the new project. "That was a song we decided was too rock for Taking the Long Way," Maines explains, "but it really felt right to have a piece of them on here."

All of the album’s 10 songs were selected because of personal connections to Natalie. Jeff Buckley's "Lover You Should Have Come Over" was a reminder for Maines of the early days in relationship with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar. She discovered "Without You" on her friend Eddie Vedder's ukulele album, and heard a groove that she thought might fit.

What started out as a fun session with friend Ben Harper, quickly developed into the solo debut from one of our generations most coveted voices.
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  • Natalie Maines - Mother
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837041225
  • Catalog Number: 370412
  • Sales rank: 12,745

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Without You (3:51)
  2. 2 Mother (5:52)
  3. 3 Free Life (5:02)
  4. 4 Silver Bell (3:00)
  5. 5 Lover, You Should've Come Over (7:01)
  6. 6 Vein In Vain (4:44)
  7. 7 Trained (2:40)
  8. 8 Come Cryin' To Me (4:33)
  9. 9 I'd Run Away (3:31)
  10. 10 Take It On Faith (5:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Maines Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ben Harper Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Oleg Schramm Organ
Jesse Ingalls Bass, Keyboards
Jason Mozersky Guitar
Kyle Crusham Guitar, Keyboards
Aaron Sterling Drums
Joel Pargman Violin
Jordan Richardson Drums, Background Vocals
Tom Loo Cello
Jaya Harper Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer
Jeff Buckley Composer
Patty Griffin Composer
Ben Harper Composer, Producer
Gary Louris Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Lloyd Maines Engineer
Mark Olson Composer
Eddie Vedder Composer
Dan Wilson Composer
Adam Steinberg Composer
Jim Watts Engineer
Coco Shinomiya Creation
Ethan Allen Engineer
Todd Burke Engineer
Alan Forney Creation
Natalie Maines Composer, Producer
Martie Maguire Composer
Jesse Ingalls Composer
Jason Mozersky Composer
Emily Robinson Composer
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
Pat Manske Engineer
Meghan Foley Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I've never been so unimpressed with a solo venture in my life.

    I've never been so unimpressed with a solo venture in my life. Maines voice in the first song is cracking and breaking throughout, and mostly continues throughout the album. Some of the notes sound like she's screeching. The song, "Silver Bell" rates up there with one of the most annoying recordings I've heard. I assumed that the title of the album was a dedication to her motherhood. As soon as the song started, BAM, Natalie is singing Pink Floyd's song, "Mother" from their album, "Brick in the Wall." It's actually nice to hear another performer cover this song, and perhaps she does feel the words in the song. Color me shocked to find out her first solo album is named for a COVER SONG. Some of the songs are well written, lyrically and musically, however Maines fails to deliver on her vocals in most of this album. Anyone, fan or not, knows that Maines has the pipes and ability to do great things. This album sounds "phoned in" and using a very cheap cell phone at that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Don't waste your time, this is nothing special. She should hav

    Don't waste your time, this is nothing special.
    She should have just shut up and sang when she had the chance.

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