Taking the Long Way [CD/DVD]

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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768308028
  • Catalog Number: 83080
  • Sales rank: 99,138

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 (4:27)
  14. 14 I Hope (5:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Long Way Around
  2. 2 Easy Silence
  3. 3 Voice Inside My Head
  4. 4 Truth, No. 2
  5. 5 Wide Open Spaces
  6. 6 Not Ready to Make Nice
  7. 7 Rick Rubin Interview
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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
Richard Dodd Mastering
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
Susan Gibson Composer
Pete Yorn Composer
Chris Testa Engineer
Martie Maguire Composer, String Arrangements
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