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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000F7MG4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Long Way Around
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

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Product Description

With Taking The Long Way, the Dixie Chicks are putting themselves out there like never before. For the first time, every song on the album is co-written by the Chicks themselves, exploring themes both deeply private and resoundingly political. Taking The Long Way covers an impressive range of territory and includes the defiant and autobiographical first single "Not Ready To Make Nice" as well as the tracks "Silent House," "It's So Hard When it Doesn't Come Easy," and the album version of the gospel-inflected "I Hope," featuring a blistering guitar solo by John Mayer.


Nothing changes folks like babies and war, and since the release of their last album, 2002's Home, the Dixie Chicks have been forever altered by both. If that album showcased the trio as precocious young adults, Taking the Long Way finds them sobered and matured, and in a grown-up state of mind. Produced by the celebrated Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), who saw the Chicks as "a great rock act making a country album, not a country act making a rock album," their new record impresses both as beautiful sonic tapestry (peppered with myriad Beatlesque hallmarks) and forthright yet vulnerable portrait of three women shaken by the personal and political events of the past few years. As they make clear in the defiant "Not Ready to Make Nice," they still smart over the backlash from their 2003 Bushwhacking. But as they assert on the equally autobiographical "The Long Way Around," they could never "kiss all the asses that they told me to" and just follow others aimlessly--and silently--through life. This means that the Chicks are simultaneously prideful and scornful of celebrity ("Everybody Knows"), and that as new mothers they increasingly treasure the refuge they find in life with their families, out of the spotlight ("Easy Silence," "Lullaby," "Baby Hold On"). The push and pull of both passions drive this record, which also touches on the personal issues of infertility (with which sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison both dealt) and Alzheimer's (from which Natalie Maines's grandmother suffers). The trio crafted all 14 cuts with the help of such writers as Sheryl Crow, Gary Louris, Mike Campbell, and Keb' Mo', laying out their lives as honestly and intimately as they might in their diaries. For that reason, on first listen, Taking the Long Way seems too somber--in need of a bit of levity and more than a couple of uptempo songs (like the sexy, '60s-flavored "I Like It") to resonate for the long haul. It also seems to lack the writing quality that Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, and Bruce Robison brought to Home. But on repeated plays, those concerns dissipate. By the last cut, the R&B/gospel offering "I Hope," the Chicks have chronicled their journey with as much spirituality as spunk, their pain deeply ingrained in their protests. --Alanna Nash

Customer Reviews

The Dixie Chicks' music has been ENHANCED by Natalie Maines giving voice to their political opinions.
S. Divers
When I buy a new cd I will listen one time all the way through then just maybe listen to the songs I like after that.
Carla M. Williams
Natalie Maines' vocals and lyrics are strong and the music beautifully enhances the deep emotion of those lyrics.
K. Adams

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Paul III on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Forget the press, forget the "politics", forget country, forget "not-country", forget "dixie", forget about chicks, forget all your expectations, and listen. You won't forget these songs.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Kelly D. Rice on May 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a Dixie Chick fan, so I was destined to buy this album especially with the flurry of not so nice press. Well...there isn't a song on this album that you don't want to know by heart. A fantastic mix of songs to laugh, to cry and to comtemplate life about. It is a perfect introduction after 3 years!! The Track --"Not ready to make Nice" --- who can't relate so some aspect of their life?? Not to mention, "I Hope". This album needs to be heard becaue it is great music and the Chicks are heros. They make no apologizes for being who they are and that is refreshing in a world where everyone is trying to fit in. This is music, life and inspiration!!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Terrie L. Robinson on June 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Okay, first let's leave the politics aside and just talk music.

If you were drawn to the Dixie Chicks because of some of their bluegrass-tinged or traditional country songs from "Wide Open Spaces" or "Home," and those particular genres and the DC's excellence within them were the only things that kept you interested in their music, this may not be the CD for you.

These Dixie Chicks have all grown up. (Perhaps we should call them "Dixie Hens"?). They've never been purely country (although more country than Shania Twain and Faith Hill), and some of the earlier songs, such as their take on "Landslide," should have put diehard country fans on notice that the Dixie Chicks can and will do rock, country-rock, rockabilly, and country pop, and will do it with the same polished harmonies, melodies, and lyrics as they do with anything they touch. You simply cannot deny their talent. If you were drawn to the Dixie Chicks because of their harmonies, their musicianship, their lyrics, and their melodies, no matter what kind of song they sang, than this is undeniably their best work and you won't be disappointed. There are a lot of musical cooks in the kitchen on this one in terms of co-writers (Sheryl Crow, Linda Perry, and Keb 'Mo for example), and the result is a nice mix that takes from '70's rock, Bonnie Raitt, and even a little bit of the Al Greene Memphis sound in "I Hope."

So, your take on this CD will depend on what your expectations were.

I recently read advice from a master gardener in my local newspaper to the effect of, "If you're not killing plants, you're not growing as a gardener." Similarly, if you're not losing fans, you're probably not growing as an artist and a musician.
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119 of 136 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Johnson on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
never been one to write a review...never been one to rush out the first day an album is released to purchase it...but I did for the Chicks.....it gives me a chance in some small way to give back to a group who's music has given me so much pleasure over the years. The first time I heard "Not Ready to Make Nice" actually gave me goosebumps....any album that can do that deserves 5 stars. C&W music stations in Houston had been my steady staple since I was a preteen, but when they boycotted the Chicks - I boycotted them(c&w stations) - now my music library is full of all kinds of music you wouldn't expect from a 40 year old woman - everything from the Blackeyed Peas to Bowling for Soup to the Chieftans....the narrow minded people who turned me off c&w actually broadened my world..

btw....if anyone in the C&W music industry should be boycotted for offensive and insulting remarks....consider Toby Kieth for his song "Running Block"(from White Trash With Money).....nothing like offending and insulting every "Fat Chick" in America......nowadays there are probably more of them than there are Bush supporters.......
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bellum on May 24, 2006
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"Taking the Long Way" is a very good release from the Dixie Chicks and is quickly becoming one of my favorite CDs altogether. For fans of the Chicks, there is plenty to like here. They are in wonderful form and the music, which is very personal, is more mature yet still contains all the elements that made us like them to begin with. This isn't a clone of "Home," but that was not the intent. The sound is purposely a little less country than previous efforts, and there are the welcome additions of Mike Campbell's guitar work and Rick Rubin as producer. Although "Home" was excellent, the reason I prefer this CD to that one is that intensely personal sentiments are being expressed here. Some recurring themes are: lost loves; past relationships; moving on; bitterness; anger; compunction (and lack thereof), anguish and fallout from "The Incident."

Even though the entire release is solid, highlights for me include:

1. The Long Way Around - This is "My Way," Dixie Chicks style: toe-tapping, harmonious, up-tempo and fairly rocking. They have played by their own rules and are content with that. A good way to start the CD.

2. Easy Silence - Rhythmic, Enya-like background vocals, even a triangle! A heart-felt thank you song for a protector: but whom?

3. Not Ready to Make Nice - First single. Neil Young-like opening guitar; No regrets, deal with the hatred they received after the Incident. I love it!

6. Lullaby - wow! This song is exquisite, lilting and quixotic. It is an outstanding song and is my favorite here.

7. Lubbock or Leave It - A rocker, though still has harmonies and is funny (the line, "couldn't keep me on my knees" and the wonderfully sarcastic refrain, "how will I ever get to heaven now?")

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Jul 3, 2007 by Kindred Spirits |  See all 4 posts
They ruined it for me
Dear Gen. JC Christian, patriot,
I was so moved by your story I had to weigh in. Put on the 700 Club then get a picture of Kathern Harris and photoshop one of the Bush twins face on her body. Now Kathern Harris is quite an ugly woman so get that Bush twin on there asap or Private Johnson may... Read More
Apr 30, 2006 by Rush2112 |  See all 4 posts
Dixie Chicks haters are scarry people.
Bravo Daniel Torluemke! Of course the DC haters will respond with an irrational response as they always do. They know they are wrong, but try to get a rise out of those that support the DC and like their music. And you are absolutely correct about the album not being a political statement. It... Read More
Feb 14, 2007 by peppergirl |  See all 13 posts
Forgive, I did! Forget, guess I never will.
You can love our country and have no respect for the current occupant of the White House.

Natalie was entirely justified to be ashamed Bush is from Texas. There are millions of us (more each day) ashamed that he is president.

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the... Read More
Apr 8, 2006 by F. Stuckey |  See all 54 posts
I couldn't be more proud than if I had won those Grammy's myself! This is one of the best albums ever recorded, and it's so wonderful that these three heroic women are getting the credit they so richly deserve. Love it!!! Love it!!! Love it!!!
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