|1. Ready To Run|
|2. If I Fall You're Going Down With Me|
|3. Cowboy Take Me Away|
|4. Cold Day In July|
|5. Goodbye Earl|
|6. Hello Mr. Heartache|
|7. Don't Waste Your Heart|
|8. Sin Wagon|
|9. Without You|
|10. Some Days You Gotta Dance|
|11. Hole In My Head|
|12. Heartbreak Town|
|13. Unknown - N/A|
|14. Let Him Fly|
The group have had more than their share of controversy. Goodbye Earl is a song about domestic violence in which two women get their revenge by poisoning his food, killing him. In a footnote following the lyrics, the ladies say they do not advocate premeditated murder but love getting even. Nevertheless, they lost some fans and gained others because of the controversy.
Despite that song, this is generally an upbeat album, which was clearly a lot of fun to record if the goofy pictures are any indication. While their previous album contain a few covers, this contains just one - Cold day in July, first recorded by Joy White (now calling herself Joy Lynn White) and later covered by Suzy Bogguss. It is a great song and I'm glad it finally appeared on a top selling album although I still prefer Joy's version.
Elsewhere, the album is filled with exciting up-tempo songs, superb ballads and some great mid-tempo songs. Every track is brilliant but of those I haven't mentioned, my favorites are Ready to run, Hello Mr Heartache, Sin wagon, Without you and Some days you gotta dance.Read more ›
Natalie Maines' voice gained in confidence here, and along with it, so did her partners in Chick-dom (Martie Seidel and Emily Robison). Listen to the obvious relish she injects into the good-riddence-too-bad-rubbish humor of "Good-bye Earl" and the line "That Earl had to DIE!" Or the full steam engine locomotive bluegrass that drives "Sin Wagon." Quite frankly, "Sin Wagon" is one of the most fun and rollicking songs I've heard on a country CD since Dolly Parton began challenging the boundaries of country, bluegrass, and pop.
Just to make sure you don't think "Fly" is little more than a country lark, be prepared for the title song. Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly" gets inside your heart without being a formula country weepy. It's testament to the Chicks' song selection that - like on "Wide Open Spaces" - their taste in song writers is impeccable. (No pun intended.) In turn, it makes their run of fresh sounding originals sound all the better. "Fly" took plenty of risks and still produced hits. That the Dixie Chicks had to enter into a legal battle to get more freedom makes me love them more, especially considering they followed it up with their best work yet, "Home." You should have both.