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 of


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.

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.

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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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Taking the Long Way 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am so sick of people using something as simple as this to make political statements. honestly, do you have nothing better to do with your time than look around for ways to insult this women? you're making yourself look bad, not them. It's just music! I personally think its great music and that is what should be judged on these reviews. It is an amazing CD. The lyrics are amazing, and it displays writing talent, vocal talent, and instrumental talent. Great job ladies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You listen to this album and get a sense what they were going through. This is one of their best and I hope they keep on making more music and go back on tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been much of a 'Dixie Chick' fan, but I was channel surfing one night, and I came upon the country video channel and the DC's were playing a concert on-stage. I was captivated by their style, and their voices. I have become a devoted fan just from that one hour of intense listening. Thank you, Dixie Chicks, you ladies are not only beautiful, but talented, strong, with great voices. Keep bringing us the wonderful music, and also keep saying what you feel and believe. This is a free country with the right to speak your mind.
April_Hake More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome! I blare 'Not Ready to Make Nice' because these words are EXACTLY how I feel!

'Silent House' as to the sense in was written, my grandmother has Alzehimer's and I know that is the dedication behind the song!

They are truly talented and write & sing wonderful songs!
sparksfanCM More than 1 year ago
i love the song not ready to make nice it is a really powerful song, i also love there songs cowboy take me away and wide open spaces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love a band who stands by their lyrics and personal convictions. Johhny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones gave commentary on the vast scope of turmoil in their own time. I applaud the sense of honor, poise, and grace: All three traits imbibed within the hearts of the three women who make Dixie Chicks. I am proud to call the band members "American Patriots of Country Music." Never give in to pressure Dixie Chicks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dixie Chick are on top of there game with there new cd TTLW. If you havent heard there new stuff you need to! I so proud of the chicks for standing up for there beliefs, and making new music thats even better than before. This album is a must have for anyone who loves amazing music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dixie Chicks have had a hard time of it lately but, let's face it...they make good music and this latest album is no exception. Their single "I Don't Want To Make Nice", speaks to all of us I think. There's plenty of things we've all done we wish we could've done differently but, there's no changing the past and sometimes in a highly emotionally situation, we're not even sure we would if we could!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the dixie chicks no matter what and i am going to buy thier album as soon as it comes out. i already have "wide open spaces", "Fly",and "home" and i listen to them all the time i LOVE MY CHICKS 4EVER
Guest More than 1 year ago
These three ladies have taken the road less traveled by having the fortitude to not only have their own beliefs but to sing them out loud in the face of adversity. Do yourself a favor and open your minds and ears to some good music that wasn't prepackaged by the politically correct, the self proclaimed enforcers of 'family values', or anyone else other than the three hearts and minds of three beautiful women with three beautiful voices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all of the publicity out there about the Dixie Chicks right now, my sincere hope is that people can put it past them long enough to hear this fantastic album and they find their audience. Everything you've ever loved about them is there, but now it feels purposed and heartfelt. As rare as this happens, I love EVERY song on the CD. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. A great slap in the face to all of the naysayers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best album yet.... worth the wait...the passion in their voice as they sing the words they cowrote is astonishing and addictive...i am glad to see the spirit of America thriving in the Dixie Chicks!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous CD. The emotion comes through so strongly. The Dixie Chicks refuse to conform to the political views of others. I for one thank God for these bright feeling women who are not afraid to express their views in a country that was founded on these Democratic Principles. As far as country radio is concerned--you are making a huge mistake by not playing this CD, because we the listeners will buy this CD and we will attend their concerts! THANX-CHIX A Democratic Music Lover
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is very good! I believe the Dixie Chicks have a very unique sound that should be appreciated in a time when most music sounds the same. I especially love "Lullaby".
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard Natilie Maines sing, I thought that they should let one of the other girls sing ("the pretty one" hee, hee) but soon I learned that she owns those songs, and nobody can do them better. Well, now she owns more songs and you will enjoy them as much or more. "Taking the Long Way" is an odd title for group that maintained its integrity when betrayed by radio stations and groups still looking for WMD under desks and behind curtains, but they did and their fans come out the winners. A great album and a good reason to become a fan, or a fan again if you were misled yourself.This is the short way to some good music, a bit different sound (not so Country) but the same high quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During my first run through of the CD, I thought I would find the bitterness overpowering. However, I found myself completey captured. I have played it four times already today. When I heard it would have a California Rock sound, I was expecting similarities to Sheryl Crow, but I found it much closer to Shelby Lynne. Whatever comparisons are chosen, in the end it is just a superb CD that shows how far their talent extends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD I have heard in a long time. It is sooo "in your face, this is who I am and I'm not changing for anybody." I bought this the morning it came out and I haven't been able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget the politics and the controversy surronding the Dixie Chicks and just enjoy the music. This is fine follow-up to their magnificent Home. Home is my favorite Dixie Chicks CD, this one is a close second. The songs are all co-written by the Dixie Chicks and demonstrates how they have grown as songwriters. The music is first rate. This is a very good recording that shouldn't be missed if you are fan of classic 70's country rock. check this out for it's musical merits and you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dixie Chicks are back with an in-your-face CD that not only comes with what we expect from the Dixie's Chicks, beautiful and melodic vocals, great songs cowritten by themselves and some of their friends such as Sheryl Crow, Chad Smith, John Mayer and Don Wilson. This CD is stunningly perfect showing just how beautiful their harmonies can be. While they never stray really from their country roots, they beautifully combine rock driven back beats with their bluesy country and banjo driven (on a few songs) backgrounds. Included in this great CD are several rockabilly songs that have a great hidden message that prove these three incredibly talented women aren't hiding behind the huge controversy that was cast on them several years ago. Cheeky and fun with even a gospel flare at the end I highly recommend this CD whether your country, rock, pop or any other music fan. Even their title, “Taking The Long Way,” seems to be a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that they been off the scene for so long. The title seems to say, ‘oh we were just taking a long way home.’ As if they were taking a scenic route, which if you listen to the words of this album they did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just the fact that they're not your typical Republican/Pro-War country music singer turns me on! I've been trying to find musicians like these ladies for a long time. I love the way their music makes true, from the heart statements and the way they aren't afraid to push political hot buttoms. They make me proud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Chicks for a long time now. They have always managed to put out music that was both radio friendly and intelligent--a rare feat in comparison to the pop dribble of the likes of Miss "Look At My Belly" Twain and the rest of the useless fluff that comes out of Nashville. This album is no exception, but it even amazed me at how deep they have gone on this recording--musically and lyrically. Natalie's voice on this record is something to behold--never one to scream and overuse her vocal talents, her delivery on this record has to be witnessed--it is pure, heavenly, strong, and so raw--just an amazing instrument. This recording, no doubt about it, will make every top ten list this year--unless clear channel and W. payed off a particular reviewer(what a shock there).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another terrific cd from The Chicks! As a faithful fan, I applaud them for standing up for what they believe in and rising above it all to triumph! If people don't want to listen to them because they have a beef with them politically, so be it-those people lose out on some great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicks rule! Music and harmony is their best work ever. Life seems to have matured them in all the right ways. Appearances by John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt round out a great CD. Fourteen fresh new songs from a group that I'm proud to say is from Texas.