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EDITORS’ NOTES

Seven years after her last work with The Dixie Chicks and 10 since she was effectively banned from commercial country music radio for criticizing George W. Bush's war in Iraq, Natalie Maines bypasses country music for a far more adventurous rock sound that lets her sing as never before. Producer Ben Harper keeps the arrangements fluid; his song "Trained" is delivered as a two-and-a-half-minute blast of pure hard rock release. Pink Floyd's "Mother" takes on a new point of view when sung by a woman. "Come Cryin' to Me," written with the other Dixie Chicks, nails down a solid Americana-rock sound. The Jayhawks' "I'd Run Away" defies gravity and takes flight. Dan Wilson, who cowrote a few Dixie Chicks hits, brings "Free Life" for Maines to deliver as a soft rocker. Patty Griffin's "Silver Bell" chugs along as a '70s Stones–like rocker, with thick guitar riffs and a pounding piano pushing Maines forth. But it's Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over" where Maines uses every vocal technique in her arsenal to transcend all genres, ending up in a place of unique expression and art. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seven years after her last work with The Dixie Chicks and 10 since she was effectively banned from commercial country music radio for criticizing George W. Bush's war in Iraq, Natalie Maines bypasses country music for a far more adventurous rock sound that lets her sing as never before. Producer Ben Harper keeps the arrangements fluid; his song "Trained" is delivered as a two-and-a-half-minute blast of pure hard rock release. Pink Floyd's "Mother" takes on a new point of view when sung by a woman. "Come Cryin' to Me," written with the other Dixie Chicks, nails down a solid Americana-rock sound. The Jayhawks' "I'd Run Away" defies gravity and takes flight. Dan Wilson, who cowrote a few Dixie Chicks hits, brings "Free Life" for Maines to deliver as a soft rocker. Patty Griffin's "Silver Bell" chugs along as a '70s Stones–like rocker, with thick guitar riffs and a pounding piano pushing Maines forth. But it's Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over" where Maines uses every vocal technique in her arsenal to transcend all genres, ending up in a place of unique expression and art. 

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

871 Ratings

The Voice that Trumpets your Soul

@Thebenhamilton,

This cover of Eddie Vedder's is almost not a cover. Natalie brings in her voice and makes a song that was fresh even more so. A song that will undeniably get stuck in your head. Her band (with the help of Ben Harper) works perfectly with Natalie's voice of adaptability. This song is a brief showcase of what is to come. Who's excited? That would be me!

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Boyzer02291988,

Not the chicks but def something worth buying and listening to. :). Something from her is better than nothing. As for those of you that continue to boycott her for something she said years ago, may you never do something in your life that results in judgement by others and if you do I hope they give you hell!

About Natalie Maines

Natalie Maines is a singer/songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Dixie Chicks, but has since established herself as a solo performer. She replaced original singer Laura Lynch in 1991. The group won 13 Grammy and 10 Country Music Association awards before going on hiatus in 2007.

Maines is the daughter of near-legendary producer, multi-instrumentalist, and musician's musician, Lloyd Maines, one of the true architects of Americana music. After high school she attended several colleges, most notably the Berklee School of Music, where she earned a scholarship to pursue Voice Studies; she left before completing her degree, opting for a professional career instead. Her vocals have appeared on recordings from Texas songwriters Pat Green and Charlie Robison, as well as pop and rock artists including Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Neil Diamond, Pete Yorn, and Yellowcard, to name a few.

Maines was in a very public feud with Toby Keith in 2002 over a song he wrote entitled "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue," which she claimed was ignorant and made Americans appear that way. After some back-and-forth tabloid exchanges, it culminated in her wearing a t-shirt on-stage with the letters F.U.T.K. in a Dixie Chicks performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Reportedly, Keith hasn't uttered her name since.

Always outspoken on political and social justice issues including the Iraq war, Maines made comments in 2003 at a Dixie Chicks concert in England about then-president George W. Bush. As a protest against the war, she claimed the group was ashamed that he was from Texas. Her remarks caused a firestorm of controversy, and the Dixie Chicks were blacklisted on country radio. They were vindicated, however, when their 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and sold over two million copies -- an album for which Maines wrote all the songs.

Her debut solo offering, Mother, was released in May of 2013. The album is mostly a collection of covers and was co-produced with Ben Harper. ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    Lubbock, Texas
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    Oct 14, 1974

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