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Taking the Long Way
     

Taking the Long Way

4.4 65
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

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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.

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:
05/23/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0828768073926
catalogNumber:
5003164
Rank:
64551

Tracks

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
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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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!
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!
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.
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.
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've always loved the Dixie Chicks! I hope everyone just forgets what they said and starts listening to their music. 'Not Ready To Make Nice' has got to be one of their greatest songs ever. The Chicks aren't afraid to express themselves at all and I really admire them for that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been a big fan of country music, but I do enjoy the Dixie Chicks. Their new album, Taking the Long Way, now has me permanently hooked to their music. The sounds on this lastest album are different from their previous works, but in so many ways superior. I love the edgy-ness, the energy, and the raw emotion in their first released single, "Not ready to make nice." The lyrics of this song are really powerful and, I think, really empowering for women who still believe that it's ok to get "mad as hell," as Natalie sings in the song, and who still believe, in these disturbing times, that we all have freedom of expression, even if our voice is one of dissent. The songs on this album are more mature, self-reflective, and thought-provoking, with lyrics that have more depth and soul. Shame on the country music industry and all their fellow artists for abandoning these women after the 2003 London controversy. Shame on all the fans who reviled them for their political ideology. The Dixie Chicks are talented musicians and admirably assertive women. I hope all their songs hit number one.
SharonW More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After thoroughly enjoying the Top of the World live CD, I was eager to listen to the Chicks new CD. What I liked about Top of the World were the nice melodies behind the harmonic vocals. Taking the Long Way left me wondering why these songs failed to establish a melody, except for in 1 or 2 songs. I also wondered what happened to the Dixie Chicks refreshing harmony. These songs carry a message, but fail to make me want to listen to the CD again.
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
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
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
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
Dixie chicks suck
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
I loved almost every cut on this CD. I am an "almost" 60 year old boomer from New Hamphire - and not a particular fan of country music. I loved the gutsiness, the lyrics - you go girls!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This hasn't left my cd player yet. Fantastic with nary a weak song in the bunch. Particular favorites are Not Ready to Make Nice, Lubbock or Leave It, Easy Silence and Long Way Home. Easily the best Chicks release yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an awesome breakout and display of their real talent. It is inspiring to hear each song when you know their story. I liked them before ... I love them now! THANK YOU GEORGE BUSH for pushing them out of the nest! They finally having their wings ... and no country radio station can silence them because I have the CD! ... and I vote!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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
i've never been so disappointed upon opening a new cd. i had hoped to find the chicks of old in this cd - the kind of music i fell in love with the first time i heard them. this album is nothing more than one long bitter rant, mostly about the backlash from their controversial political statements. if i wanted to hear bitter, there are better bands out there for it. i would not recommend this album to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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