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Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines closed and opened a few doors when she made her impromptu anti-George Bush and anti-war remarks from a London stage in 2003. Stylistically, it recharged the band to aim less for country music tradition and more for the crossover pop success that always seemed within their grasp. The album's first single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," defiantly addresses Maines' controversy and the title track is similarly fueled. However, Long Way is hardly an Op-Ed page set to music. Producer Rick Rubin, known for his judicious hand with country legend Johnny Cash, matches up the Chicks with songwriters outside the Nashville mainstream who collaborate with them to bring out the band's strengths, from Crowded House power-pop expert Neil Finn ("Silent House") to alt-country stalwart, ex-Jayhawk Gary Louris ("Everybody Knows,""Baby Hold On") to modern bluesman Keb' Mo' ("I Hope") and Sheryl Crow ("Favorite Year'). This new urbane profile jumpstarts their harmonies and adds an urgency previously unheard in their sound.

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The pain that these three girls and their families went through due to the backlash from "a then war and Bush supportive" America is the most un-American thing that has ever happened in musical history! This album is a great tribute to that pain they experienced. It has become a way for them to honor the sisterhood they share between them. BUT, besides all that, it is really well put together and is wonderful to listen to because of the raw emotion they were expressing through their music. Think about supporting them by buying this album especially since now it seems Natalie's comments about our President were only a crystal-ball expression of what most of us now feel as well. I can't wait for their next album and hope they are only taking a break to raise their babies and not because they think there isn't a place in the music world for them. Come on Chicks... your true fans are still here and supporting you 100%! (I'm ashamed too!)


This has to be one of my all-time favorite CDs. Every song has a different feel to it. Each song is amazing. Not only is Natalie Maines (the lead singer) one of the best singers in the world, but the other girls (Emily and Martie) harmonize perfectly with her. I love how they incorporated rock with the country songs on this CD. You can feel what they are trying to tell you. Each song has a significant meaning to it, too. I can relate to several of these songs. 1. The Long Way Around - 10/10* 2. Easy Silence - 10/10 3. Not Ready to Make Nice - 10/10* 4. Everybody Knows - 10/10 5. Bitter End - 9/10 6. Lullaby - 10/10* 7. Lubbock or Leave It - 9/10 8. Silent House - 10/10 9. Favorite Year - 9/10 10. Voice Inside My Head - 10/10* 11. I Like It - 9/10 12. Baby Hold On - 10/10** 13. So Hard - 9/10 14. I Hope - 9/10 * - tracks that stand out to me ** - one of my favorite songs of all time If you like country, rock, female singers, boldly outspoken songs, or just the Dixie Chicks, you will love this entire album.


I love this cd from the Chicks. Remarkable!!! And for those of you who dont like them or hate the fact that they have free speech,(tobey Keith).... eat crap.You will never be close to the talent that these girls are.


Formed: 1989 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1989 as a Western-themed bluegrass band, the Dixie Chicks eventually became one of the most popular acts in contemporary country music, as well as the highest-selling female group in America. Beginning with 1998's Wide Open Spaces, they struck a balance between the commercial, radio-ready aesthetic of country-pop and the rootsy sound of neo-traditionalist country, a combination that helped distinguish the trio from such concurrent stars as Shania Twain. The Dixie Chicks further distanced...
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