|With Taking The Long Way, one of the most anticipated albums in recent years, the Dixie Chicks are putting themselves out there like never before. For the first time, every one of the disc's fourteen songs are co-written by the Chicks themselves, exploring themes both deeply private and resoundingly political.
Collaborating with legendary producer Rick Rubin (who has worked with everyone from Johnny Cash to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Run DMC to Neil Diamond), the biggest-selling female band in history has truly pushed themselves to new heights both as writers and as performers. "Everything felt more personal this time," says Maines. "I go back to songs we've done in the past and there's just more maturity, depth, intelligence on these. They just feel more grown-up." Inspired by such classic rock artists as the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Mamas and the Papas, Taking The Long Way adds a sweeping, Southern California vibe to the Chicks' down-home intimacy. That ambition is matched with lyrics addressing everything from small-town narrow-mindedness ("Lubbock or Leave It") to the psychology of celebrity ("Everybody Knows"). "This album was about finding a balance in the different aspects of our lives," says Emily Robison, "but there's something thematic there, too--it's really about being bold."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Natalie Maines (vocals, omnichord, background vocals); Dan Wilson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, piano, background vocals); Gary Louris (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, background vocals); Emily Robison (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, sitar, accordion, background vocals); Smokey Hormel (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jonny Polonsky (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, piano); Martie Maguire (mandolin, violin, viola, strings, background vocals); Lloyd Maines, Marvin Etzioni (mandolin); Richard Dodd (cello); Mario de Le¢n, Matthew Funes, Gerardo Hilera, Joel Derouin, Larry Corbett, Andrew Duckles (strings); Steve Kujala (flute); Terry Landry (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Lon Price (tenor saxophone); Brian Swartz (trumpet); Brad Warnaar (French horn); Benmont Tench (piano, tack piano, harpsichord, harmonium, Farfisa, Wurlitzer organ); Larry Knechtel (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Chris Testa (xylophone); Lenny Castro (percussion); Bonnie Raitt (background vocals); John Mayer , Keb' Mo', Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Chad Smith .|
|Audio Mixer: Richard Dodd.|
|Recording information: Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA; The Village, Los Angeles, CA.|
|Photographer: Mark Seliger.|
|At the time of TAKING THE LONG WAY's release, the lyrical content of a high-profile album by a big-deal artist hadn't been the topic of such public scrutiny since Eminem was still a hot topic. The Dixie Chicks certainly had to have seen this coming, though, after they withstood a firestorm of insults, threats, and boycotts for criticizing George W. Bush's policies. "Not Ready to Make Nice" and "Lubbock or Leave It" (among others) make it clear, however, that the Chicks have no intention of retreating a single step from their convictions. Similarly, the fact that TAKING THE LONG WAY is as much a pop album as it is contemporary country should not be misinterpreted as an abandonment of the factions that turned against the group during the controversy in question.|
|The soaring pop choruses and dashes of string orchestration that vie for space with acoustic picking and steel guitar swells should rather be seen in the context of a group that's been evolving toward a pop/country amalgam for some time. (Don't forget that one of their biggest hits was a Fleetwood Mac cover.) If anything, the expansive sonic approach and forthright themes simply stand to show that the Chicks have transcended genre pigeonholes. There's still plenty of country in their sound, but with LONG WAY the trio belongs to the larger world at last.|
Producer: Rick Rubin; Rick Rubin
Engineer: Chris Testa; Greg Fidelman; Jim Scott; John Silva
Bonnie Raitt | Carlene Carter | Dolly Parton | Emmylou Harris | Johnny Cash | Kitty Wells | Linda Ronstadt | Loretta Lynn | Merle Haggard | Pat Benatar | Patsy Cline | Reba McEntire | Rosanne Cash | Tammy Wynette | The Carter Family | The Judds | The Lennon Sisters
Alison Krauss & Union Station | Blame Sally | Bomshel | BR5-49 | Brooks & Dunn | Calaisa | Deana Carter | Ennis Sisters | Faith Hill | Gretchen Wilson | Jo Dee Messina | Kathy Mattea | LeAnn Rimes | Lee Ann Womack | Little Big Town | Lorrie Morgan | Martina McBride | Mary Chapin Carpenter | Mindy McCready | Natalie Maines | Patty Griffin | Patty Loveless | Pistol Annies | Sara Evans | Shania Twain | SHeDAISY | Shelby Lynne | Sheryl Crow | Sugarland | Suzy Bogguss | The Backsliders | The Judds | The Mavericks | The McClymonts | The Wailin' Jennys | Toby Keith | Trick Pony | Trisha Yearwood
|Ride With Bob|
|Live From Central Park|
Associated Artists and Works
|The Country Dance Kings|
|Vitamin String Quartet|
|Release Date : 05/23/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 82876807392|
|Label : Open Wide Records|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00828768073926|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Their seventh studio album embraces the depth and fury of classic rock while remaining true to the trio's Texas roots."
- Ranked #19 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[G]orgeous country rock, killer power ballads and fierce honky-tonk."
- Ranked #6 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Records Of 2006" -- "[P]roducer Rick Rubin brings the rock without losing that front-porch feel."
- "[S]ome of the strongest, most involving music this group has yet produced."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] an edginess, intransigence and outspokenness that, despite their country stylings, structure and instruments has affinities with rock."