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Dixie Chicks ~ Fly
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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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.
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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. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Christian Hunter
This is the Chicks`best album to date, an enjoyable,fun and heartfelt output which have almost anything a listener could wish for-seems like whatever style you prefer in terms of... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
Sorry for the Dixie Chicks. I very much disagree that
their songs are good. I just think that their songs are not
pop songs wich I like in opinion. Read more
Another great album by the Dixie Chicks. It again showcases their Country talents. "Ready to Run" and "If You Fall" are great up-beat songs, and "Cold Day In July" and "Let Him... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by NorthofCB
The Dixie Chicks second album under these members built on the success of the first album and really put them on the map. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Jake Z