Taking the Long Way [CD/DVD]

Taking the Long Way [CD/DVD]

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by Dixie Chicks
     
 

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Bitter, defiant, resilient, vulnerable, confused -- the Dixie Chicks have emerged from their own Bush maelstrom with body and soul intact, if dented. At least five songs (possibly more, depending on interpretation) on this Rick Rubin-produced disc address the fury that descended upon the group when Natalie Maines mentioned, on the eve ofSee more details below

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Bitter, defiant, resilient, vulnerable, confused -- the Dixie Chicks have emerged from their own Bush maelstrom with body and soul intact, if dented. At least five songs (possibly more, depending on interpretation) on this Rick Rubin-produced disc address the fury that descended upon the group when Natalie Maines mentioned, on the eve of the U.S. offensive in Iraq, that she was ashamed that the president was from her native Texas; and the music fueling these songs is appropriately angry, edgy, and driving. Rubin dresses up the arrangements with orchestral surges from the Beatles' stylebook, replete with ethereal, Enya-like chanting background voices and a Spectorian wall of electric and acoustic guitars, banjos, fiddles, and pianos. Maines, meanwhile, reasserts herself as one of the great vocalists of her time, bringing it all home with committed, deeply emotional leads that flaunt her ease with styles ranging from country-rock to contemporary rock balladry to southern soul, whether she's belting out a tear-stained howl in "Voice Inside My Head" or tenderly caressing a sensitive lyric of love and devotion, as on "Lullaby." The songs are uniformly affecting, be they full of fury (the in-your-face "Not Ready to Make Nice") or deeply felt romantic anguish (the atmospheric, late-era Beatles-like "Silent House"), and are all originals, with co-writing help from the likes of Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow (the winsome reflection "Favorite Year"), Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, Semisonic's Dan Wilson, and, best of all, Keb' Mo', who assists in a terrific slice of laid-back southern gospel soul, "I Hope," which closes the album on a positive, upbeat note. For all the hoopla about the Chicks leaving country, Taking the Long Way sounds like a natural progression, not a forced retreat. It's a complete triumph.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Their seventh studio album embraces the depth and fury of classic rock while remaining true to the trio's Texas roots.... If you've dismissed the Chicks or need a new reason to love them, the epic, howling longing of "Voice Inside My Head" will blow your expectations.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Kevin Johnson
[Grade: A] An older, wiser and more glam [Dixie Chicks] burst free of country confines on "Taking the Long Way".... A career album that shows adversity doesn't turn these women into wimps.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828768308028
catalogNumber:
83080
Rank:
14369

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dixie Chicks   Primary Artist
Marvin Etzioni   Mandolin
Bonnie Raitt   Background Vocals
Steve Kujala   Flute
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Benmont Tench   Harmonium,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,farfisa organ,Tack Piano
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Strings
Joel Derouin   Strings
Richard Dodd   Cello
Larry Knechtel   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Gary Louris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Lloyd Maines   Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Lon Price   Tenor Saxophone
Chad Smith   Drums
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Dan Wilson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Keb' Mo'   Background Vocals
Smokey Hormel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jonny Polonsky   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Lap Steel Guitar
Matt Sweeney   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Natalie Maines   Vocals,Background Vocals,Omnichord
Emily Robison   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Background Vocals,Papoose
John Mayer   Electric Guitar
Brian Swartz   Trumpet
Chris Testa   Xylophone,Orchestral Chimes
Andrew Duckles   Strings
Martie Maguire   Mandolin,Strings,Violin,Viola,Background Vocals
Gerardo Hilera   Strings
Terry Landry   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Mario de León   Strings
Matthew Funes   Strings

Technical Credits

Mike Campbell   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Steve Berlin   Horn Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Neil Finn   Composer
Patty Griffin   Composer
Gary Louris   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Keb' Mo'   Composer
Suzie Katayama   String Conductor
Greg Fidelman   Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Natalie Maines   Composer
John Silva   Engineer
Emily Robison   Composer
Brian Swartz   Horn Arrangements
Pete Yorn   Composer
Chris Testa   Engineer
Martie Maguire   Composer,String Arrangements
Susan Gibson   Composer

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