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Though it's been seven years since Natalie Maines released a new album, her first steps back into the studio were extremely cautious. "When we started, we weren’t necessarily making a record, so I wasn't even thinking in those terms," she says. "The stars just aligned when my friend Ben Harper opened a studio on the west side of LA—I started going in and ... Read more in Amazon's Natalie Maines Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00BCRR9OK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MOTHER is the solo debut from Natalie Maines, the always provocative, multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning singer of the Dixie Chicks. On MOTHER, people will hear a new direction from the singer. Heavily influenced by the more rock-based, edgy and intense sound of title track, and Pink Floyd cover, "Mother," Maines teamed up with friend and Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and guitar wizard Ben Harper, who co-produced the record with Maines. The album was recorded in Harper's studio.

"I wanted this music to be very different from the Dixie Chicks," she says. "Lots of albums by lead singers might just as well have been made by the band, but I think this is very different from anything the Chicks could make. That separation and distinction was important."

One of the initial songs they tackled was the soaring, tortured ballad from Pink Floyd's The Wall that ultimately gave this album its title. The result is a cover, which NPR's Ann Powers has described as "a tender acknowledgment of how fear can entrap all of us, even when we want to do nothing but love."

"Free Life" was written by Dixie Chicks collaborator and Grammy-Award winner, Dan Wilson. As different as this new music is from her Dixie Chicks roots, the songwriting credits on "Come Cryin' to Me" reveal that even her fellow Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison still kept a hand in the new project. "That was a song we decided was too rock for Taking the Long Way," Maines explains, "but it really felt right to have a piece of them on here."

All of the album's 10 songs were selected because of personal connections to Natalie. Jeff Buckley's "Lover You Should Have Come Over" was a reminder for Maines of the early days in relationship with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar. She discovered "Without You" on her friend Eddie Vedder's ukulele album, and heard a groove that she thought might fit.

What started out as a fun session with friend Ben Harper, quickly developed into the solo debut from one of our generations most coveted voices.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it for the MUSIC.
Ladywolf55
I loved the D-Chicks, but this is more of a rocker, her voice is really great with these songs.
George C. Hutton
They won't ever be the first anymore, but she called the second half exactly for herself.
Mesam Meme

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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Brendan P. Delany on May 9, 2013
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Jim Farber (NY Daily News) gave this album a 5 Star review - quite a while since I have seen any reputable critic (IMO) do that, so I thought I would fork over the 'readies' and check this out. Generally I will avoid albums that are mostly covers of other artists works but, when I saw who she had taken on (The Jayhawks, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper, etc), my interest was increased. Love the whole thing - especially 'Lover, you should've come over'. She has a great feel for her subject matter - reminds me in a way of Joan Osborne(not vocally) when she is motivated on certain albums - shades of early Jackson Browne come to mind also. Excellent album stylistically, great backing musicians, one definitely that will only get even better with repeat listenings.
On a side note - I have to agree with another reviewer who has written about the 'haters'! If you don't like her politics, find another website to vent your spleen!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SC Fan Supreme on May 11, 2013
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At the heart of it, this is a beautiful soulful, rocking album of love songs. It's introspective and extraspective. Natalie Maines delivers heartfelt performances of each song. The songs themselves are beautifully written and you fall deeper in love with them with each listen. Though a lot of people associate Maines with the opinion she offered about the George W. Bush and his Iraq War, she is first and foremost a serious artist and this recording is the perfect exhibit of that fact.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By kmrandall64 on May 10, 2013
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Natalie Maines has an absolutely amazing voice and she has sung her heart out on this CD. The songs she's selected are wonderful making this CD truly shine. A wonderful effort and a truly wonderful CD.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scott K. Ray on May 19, 2013
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Thank you Natalie, welcome back! Nashville who? More music please! Make the music only you want to make. Wonderful album!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on May 13, 2013
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I came here with the intentions of buying this album straight out, without listening, because I am such a fan of Natalie Maines' voice, but after reading somewhat mixed reviews I decided to go listen to the full album on NPR before buying. Well, I listened and...I really like it. I think, as with anything, it is a matter of personal preference. I normally listen to rock and blues and am not a big country music fan but there are some country artists I like, the Dixie Chicks being one of my favorites. The only track I am not quite sure about is the title track, Mother. It was just ok for me. Her vocals were great, but I cannot help but compare to the original, no matter how much I tried, and maybe that is why I am just not feeling it. A lot of the other reviewers dissed Silver Bell, but it was one of my favorites (again personal preference), and I think this one could play well on radio along with Trained and Come Cryin' to Me. I think those who didn't care for this album must be more country inclined and expected that to be here. There is still a lot of country in these tracks though, especially on I'd Run Away. In the end I think her beautiful voice still comes through and I hope this gets the air play it deserves.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By natalie fan! on May 14, 2013
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Great music from a great artist! Have had the whole album on repeat since I bought it. Waited a long time to hear her again and I am blown out of the water by how good this is!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cyndi M. Dilbeck on May 11, 2013
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Miss you so much Natalie! Too bad the country fans turned on you. I guess people interprete anything they want it to mean for themselves. You and the Chicks are still the BEST! I recommend this CD if you love Natalie's voice.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MaryamHajar on May 17, 2013
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I have loved the Dixie Chicks for years, so when Natalie Maines took a 7 year break, understandably, her beautiful and soulful voice was sorely missed. Her vocals have always cut right thru me...to my heart. A sad song sung by her made tear up, an upbeat one, filled me with joy. This album is no exception. I love hearing the new Natalie, appreciating where she is now in her music career and looking forward to new music. To say I don't miss Martie and Emily would be a lie...their vocals and amazing music was magical when they were together as the Dixie Chicks. But as Natalie has moved on, so have I when I listen to "Mother." Each one of us have had experiences since 2003 that has changed us in some way. This album reflects how Natalie has changed in a very brave and interesting way. The only thing that I am slightly having a hard time getting used to is the 'Beatle' influence in the music. The steel guitar (?), I believe played by Ben Harper, is reminiscent of the Beatles' guitar sound, and in my opinion, is grating since I have never been a Beatle's fan. This is a minor thing and probably liked by most fans. Best of luck and success to her on this new album.
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