J. R. Pulley | 05/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's focus on the topic at hand: The music. This CD is good. There's no way of looking around it. If you don't like the sound of Natalie Maines voice, you've heard it by now. She has such a strong voice; it's incredible. These songs, while of a different tone, do not involve a new singer. They're good solid songs. One review I read called them "whiney," but I'm not getting that vibe from them. Their songs are more empowering than they are whining. They don't have the pep and excitement or "catchy-ness" of the "pre-incident" days, but like everybody, their lives were in a different place when they came out with this album. Whether or not people agree with their political agendas, it's difficult to argue that these women don't make decent music. The vocals, the instruments, the lyrics- they're all legitimate and worth listening to. Some days you're in a "Wide Open Spaces" mood and some days you're in a different place. This CD is for the latter."
If more country music were like this, it wouldn't be so term
M. R. Traska | Chicago, IL | 01/06/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not the first and not the last to review this by starting with 'I'm not a country music fan, but...', I have to say these gals make music that is mindful, thoughtful (not the same thing), thought-provoking, and persists in the mind long after you're done playing it. Country-folk, maybe, with a dash of Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, and Paul Simon in there somewhere. And harmonies in popular music haven't been this tight since Brian Wilson led the Beach Boys during the '60s (Wilson knew something about thoughtful lyrics, too, so I doubt he'd mind the comparison). Because of this, the Dixie Chicks' music often surpasses genre. This is country for people who think, as opposed to the mindless, insipid, repetitive, mediocre, occasionally irritating, and time-wasting twaddle that passes for country music these days. Enough said. Just listen."