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  • Audio CD (Aug. 31 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000K29H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 465 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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After the roaring success of Wide Open Spaces--a blend of turn-of-the-century pop and country traditionalism--what do you do for an encore? Rather than deliver more of the same, the Chicks have chosen instead to up the ante in country radio with a follow-up that's both poppier and twangier than its predecessor, and just plain better too. Some of it we've heard before: "Hello Mr. Heartache," for example, adheres pretty closely to the honky-tonk model of "Tonight the Heartache's On Me." Mostly, though, the record lights out for new territories. "Without You" is driven by an in-your-face string arrangement that's downright fierce, and the rootsy "Sin Wagon" may rock harder--and with more solos--than any mainstream country since Buck Owens held forth. That's not to say Fly's perfect. A couple of songs miss the mark, particularly "Goodbye Earl," an abusive-husband murder song that's sure to get criticized (wrongly) for being anti-male but actually fails because it can't decide if it's a moral lesson, a horror movie, or a joke. Still, even in this failure, the Chicks are bravely pushing the envelope. If they push hard enough, maybe Young Country radio will open up some wider spaces. --David Cantwell

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Format: Audio CD
I first came across the Dixie Chicks via their album, Little old cowgirl, in the early nineties and I remember thinking how un-commercial it was. I was therefore surprised when their first major label album, Wide open spaces, became such a huge success, not only in America but internationally. In order to achieve that success, their sound - and their line-up - had changed substantially, but the quality was still there. Martie and Emily were always part of the group, but the two main singers had left and were replaced by Natalie. This album, their second on a major label but their fifth in total, shows further changes.
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.
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Dixie Chicks are a very talented country band. Natalie has a great traditional country voice for sure. They are all gifted musicians without a doubt. Country music especially traditional country isn't my favorite genre of music but I do enjoy the occasional Dixie Chick song. For this CD their was only 1 song that I liked and put on my Mp3 player which was "Let Him Fly". However if your into traditional country music vs. Contemporary Country music then this CD just might fit the bill for you.
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The chicks have done it again. This is a soulful and fun albumn. There are many fun songs on the albumn that only the Dixie Chicks can get away with. Goodbye Earl is a fun song about a very serious subject--physical abuse. 2 friends take matters into their own hands when Wanda's husband beats her and puts her in intensive care despite a restraining order. Her friend Mary Ann conspires with her to poison Earl, the wife beater, as it seems to be the only way out since the law is no help. They succeed and thrive. They have done what no other artist attempted to do--talk about a very serious subject. Most people would rather put on blinders and pretend things like this do not happen, but they do. The guys who wrote the song also do a great job at this song. Other songs like If I fall, Sin Wagon and others are just as fun. Songs like Cowboy take me away, Let Him Fly and Heartbreak town, show the more serious side of the Chicks. All songs on this albumn are great. There is not one that I do not like.
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It's hard to fathom the amount of improvement that "Fly" has over its predecessor, but the Dixie Chicks just grabbed the baton and ran with it. There are moments here that are downright funky in their joy, and transcendent in their emotional reach. With so few artists in Nash Vegas willing to play anything but what the dictators in ten gallon hats demand of them, the risk taking here was nothing short of phenomenal. Even a run of the mill ballad like "Cowboy Take Me Away" sounds bold in context.
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.
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It was November of 1999 and I was crowded into the back of Stacey's Honda Civic zipping across the tundra-like landscape of some Chicago suburb after a weekend of savage partying. My brain was oatmeal suspended in a cocktail of Advil and black coffee. Needless to say, when Stace decided to liven things up a bit with this "new CD", I wanted to scream no, beg for mercy, I hate country...
...but I was too weak to fight.
She skipped to track 3 (smart girl) and I was hooked almost immediately. I immediately took to their very well polished acoustics and couldn't resist an attraction to the deliciously comforting vocals of Natalie (the lead singer of this 3 sister band who I thought sounded kind of like Jewel to me). Each song blended into the other, warping time, soothing my hangover, and disarming my predjudice. I liked them right away, which is no small feat for any act.
This album is my favorite, although not by much ("Home" and "Wide Open Spaces" are also excellent in their own right). The best tracks on "Fly" in my opinion are:
"Ready To Run"...this track is upbeat and fun, it puts me in a good mood right away (fun to play when you're driving on the way to a party or something).
"Cowboy Take Me Away"...i don't think any song has ever made me want to trade away the keys to my car for a horse quite like this one does. very romantic.
"Cold Day In July"...didn't get any press, but a fantasic ballad. very slow, acoustic (might just be guitar and vocal) and sad but beautiful song about losing love.
"Hello Mr. Heartache"...humorous spin on the typical "country heartbreak song".
"Don't Waste Your Heart"...another excellent track that didn't get allot of press.
"Let Him Fly"...
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