Taking the Long Way

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.

[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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768073926
  • Catalog Number: 80739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Long Way Around (4:33)
  2. 2 Easy Silence (4:02)
  3. 3 Not Ready to Make Nice (3:58)
  4. 4 Everybody Knows (4:18)
  5. 5 Bitter End (4:38)
  6. 6 Lullaby (5:51)
  7. 7 Lubbock or Leave It (3:54)
  8. 8 Silent House (5:23)
  9. 9 Favorite Year (4:29)
  10. 10 Voice Inside My Head (5:52)
  11. 11 I Like It (4:34)
  12. 12 Baby Hold on (5:04)
  13. 13 So Hard (4:28)
  14. 14 I Hope (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dixie Chicks Primary Artist
Marvin Etzioni Mandolin
Bonnie Raitt Background Vocals
Steve Kujala Flute
Benmont Tench Piano, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, farfisa organ, Wurlitzer, 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
Lon Price Tenor Saxophone
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Dan Wilson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Smokey Hormel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jonny Polonsky Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Lap Steel Guitar
Natalie Maines Vocals, Background Vocals, Omnichord
Emily Robison Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Background Vocals, Papoose
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
Richard Dodd Mastering
Neil Finn Composer
Gary Louris Composer
Linda Perry Composer
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Jim Scott Engineer
Dan Wilson Composer
Keb' Mo' Composer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
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
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    CHICKS RULE!

    This album is awesome! I blare 'Not Ready to Make Nice' because these words are EXACTLY how I feel!<BR/><BR/>'Silent House' as to the sense in was written, my grandmother has Alzehimer's and I know that is the dedication behind the song! <BR/><BR/>They are truly talented and write & sing wonderful songs!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really like them!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music is Therapy!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    its just music, not a political statement

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    awesome

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a Country Fan

    Other than the cross over hits on the pop charts, I have never been a fan of country music. I, of course, heard about the flap over the Dixie Chicks and believed it was very unfair. Having never heard anything from them, I was surprised when I heard "Not ready to make nice". I applauded their response to the criticism. I bought the cd only to support them and was very surprised to discover that I really enjoyed the whole album. I recommend this cd to anyone who enjoys good music and doesn't mind the obvious attitude of defiance that I think is laudable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    My only music purchase this year

    The songs still speak to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No More Whining

    B & N needs to delete the "reviews" that are really just whiners whining away ad nauseum. (Please delete mine also.) This is not a forum for political expression. Many disagree with their politics but the Dixie Chicks do put out great music- this CD included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album!

    I love the dixie chicks and this could be their very best album yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved you since 2001

    oh my god the dixie chicks are so amazing they have come such along way from goodbye earl. their new CD is so amazing i havent stopped listening to it since i bought it and that was like 3 months ago

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad Chicks

    I wish i could give this CD 0 stars if possible. THe Dixie Chicks are downright unpatriotic and it stinks to see that there music is popular, but then again most of our country is democratic. The dixie chicks are an embarrasment to country music and are an downright disgusting, sinful people. They didn't deserve any of the grammy's they got, they only got them people the people who voted in hollywood for them are dumb democrats too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Taking the Long Way

    If ignorance is bliss, then the last two "reviewers" would have to be counted amongst the most blissful of beings. This album is certified fantastic! Every song is a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best album in years

    This is one heck of an album. It has got to be their most personal and autobiographical. I love the fact that they co-wrote in each of the songs. I was going to give a breakdown but there is no point. I give each song 5 stars because they all shine. They really deserved the 5 grammy's for this album.They rule.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Go Girls

    This is one favorite CD's ever. Every song is written by the Chix, this is their most autobigraphyl CD. This CD has won many awards, including Album of the Year. They reaoly knock politics on the head with this CD. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GIVE ME A BREAK

    I was forced to listen to this, and it was what I anticipated. They really need to get over themselves. They need to quit with the political statements (they're not smart enough for that) and just "SHUT UP AND SING." This is crap and the people who spend money on this tripe should lose their enfranchisement. (I'm sure they have no idea what I mean.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dixie Chicks have no country fans BASE

    I love how now a days, Grammy's and Oscars are given out only if it contrversial, not because of the quality. I don't care if they won 5 Grammy's their music was poorly made. They still sound like cry babys and they are in a their own genre.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a country fan...but LOVE this CD

    Way to go, girls!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its True These Girls Rule Big Time!!!

    I have to say my Fav is Not Ready to Make Nice!! You can just hear the frustration in her voice with her so called fans. The Music and lyrics are Really powerful! These Girls really have Guts!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Taking the Long Way

    I live and breathe music, and this CD by the Dixie Chicks is one of the best I have ever heard. To think that country stations have refused to play it is beyond laughable. I can do without country radio, but I can't do without my DCX!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Politics doesn't make or break a band

    I have always loved the Dixie Chicks. They are 3 of the most beautiful and most talented female artists in music today. I could care less what anyone thinks or believes. I don't go to Natalie Maines or Dave Matthews for political thoughts and beliefs. I go to them for their enormous and brilliant talent. It is just sad that the overwhelming and overbearing response to her little speech in England caused these three to be outcasts for 3 years. I strongly recommend this and any album they have made. I may not agree with their views and the funny thing is their views may be deeper than that little sentence and we may agree more than we disagree, I don't care, she isn't running for office and doesn't want to run the world. She is a beautiful woman and an amazing musician. Overall it does not change the fact that these 4 Grammy Winning ladies are amazing. I hope this inspires them to keep on making beautiful music. If country music doesn't want them, the rest of us will take them and continue to love them

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