Taking The Long Way CD (2006)

Artist: Dixie Chicks

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I am really disappointed in their latest album. I'm a long time fan that has now thrown in the towel... They finished...

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Not ready to make nice is such a powerful song for me

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Dixie Chicks just not Good anymore !

by Joe P on 6/6/2006

I am really disappointed in their latest album. I'm a long time fan that has now thrown in the towel... They finished...

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Not Ready To Make Nice.....awesome!!!!

on 6/11/2006

I am not a country tunes lover...never bought any but NOT READY TO MAKE NICE is such a powerful song I just had to buy it. I don't care what anyone says those girls are terrific talent! The whole album is great! I have a feeling I will be buying more of the Dixie Chicks.....and did you hear them on Howard Stern's Show on Sirius.....they were awesome!!!!!!

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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."


Label Sony
SKU 202506209
UPC 828768073926
UPC 14 00828768073926
Format CD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Author Dixie Chicks
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work The Country Dance Kings
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Artist Influence Bonnie Raitt
Artist Influence Carlene Carter
Artist Influence Dolly Parton
Artist Influence Emmylou Harris
Artist Influence Johnny Cash
Artist Influence Kitty Wells
Artist Influence Linda Ronstadt
Artist Influence Loretta Lynn
Artist Influence Merle Haggard
Artist Influence Pat Benatar
Artist Influence Patsy Cline
Artist Influence Reba McEntire
Artist Influence Rosanne Cash
Artist Influence Tammy Wynette
Artist Influence The Carter Family
Artist Influence The Judds
Artist Influence The Lennon Sisters
Artist Contemporary Alison Krauss & Union Station
Artist Contemporary Blame Sally
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Artist Contemporary Calaisa
Artist Contemporary Deana Carter
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Artist Contemporary Gretchen Wilson
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Artist Contemporary Kathy Mattea
Artist Contemporary LeAnn Rimes
Artist Contemporary Lee Ann Womack
Artist Contemporary Little Big Town
Artist Contemporary Lorrie Morgan
Artist Contemporary Martina McBride
Artist Contemporary Mary Chapin Carpenter
Artist Contemporary Mindy McCready
Artist Contemporary Natalie Maines
Artist Contemporary Patty Griffin
Artist Contemporary Patty Loveless
Artist Contemporary Pistol Annies
Artist Contemporary Sara Evans
Artist Contemporary Shania Twain
Artist Contemporary SHeDAISY
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Artist Contemporary The Backsliders
Artist Contemporary The Judds
Artist Contemporary The Mavericks
Artist Contemporary The McClymonts
Artist Contemporary The Wailin' Jennys
Artist Contemporary Toby Keith
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Artist Follower Big & Rich
Artist Follower Carrie Underwood
Artist Follower Dierks Bentley
Artist Follower Gretchen Wilson
Artist Follower Jason Aldean
Artist Follower Josh Turner
Artist Follower Kathleen Edwards
Artist Follower Keith Urban
Artist Follower Laura Bell Bundy
Artist Follower Mandy Moore
Artist Follower Miranda Lambert
Artist Follower Norah Jones
Artist Follower Pistol Annies
Artist Follower Sarah Harmer
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Technical Info
Engineer Chris Testa; Greg Fidelman; Jim Scott; John Silva
Producer Rick Rubin; Rick Rubin
CatalogID 82876807392
Lable Name Open Wide Records
Released 05/23/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 66m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828768073926
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Artist Overview
Taking their name from the Little Feat classic "Dixie Chicken," the Dixie Chicks hit their stride in 1998 with their major label debut, WIDE OPEN SPACES, a wild blend of bluegrass, pop and country. Number one records, sold-out tours, Grammy nominations and a follow-up record soon followed, establishing them as major pop-country crossover superstars. The Chicks were the center of an enormous controversy over a very public criticism they made in 2003 of President of George W. Bush and his war in Iraq. And while protests and boycotts abounded, the Chicks returned triumphantly--sales figures as big as ever--with 2006's TAKE THE LONG WAY.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.226) - 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."
Rolling Stone (p.104) - Ranked #19 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[G]orgeous country rock, killer power ballads and fierce honky-tonk."
Entertainment Weekly (p.130) - Ranked #6 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Records Of 2006" -- "[P]roducer Rick Rubin brings the rock without losing that front-porch feel."
No Depression (pp.122-123) - "[S]ome of the strongest, most involving music this group has yet produced."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] an edginess, intransigence and outspokenness that, despite their country stylings, structure and instruments has affinities with rock."
Disc 1
1 Long Way Around, The
2 Easy Silence
3 Not Ready To Make Nice
4 Everybody Knows
5 Bitter End
6 Lullaby
7 Lubbock Or Leave It
8 Silent House
9 Favorite Year
10 Voice Inside My Head
11 I Like It
12 Baby Hold On
13 So Hard
14 I Hope
Product Attributes
Artist Dixie Chicks
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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