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Taking The Long Way

May 23, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 7, 2006
  • Release Date: April 7, 2006
  • Label: Open Wide/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:06:28
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  • ASIN: B001BEI68M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,641 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It has great lyrics, vocals, and music.
N. Bowman
I like that Easy Silence comes in between the anthem songs; I love that "Taking the Long Way around" comes first.
Jerome Stueart
I just want to say...if you are a Dixie Chick Fan....you will love this cd!
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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
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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
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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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