Mother - Natalie Maines
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  • Summary: Co-produced with Ben Harper, the debut solo release for the Dixie Chicks singer is a rock-influenced covers album of songs by such artists as Jeff Buckley, Patty Griffin, Pink Floyd, and The Jayhawks.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 83
    She hasn't entirely left the Chicks behind, but Maines has grown into something newly dynamic, and entirely her own.
  2. May 13, 2013
    Her return to music is a quiet triumph. For the most part she has flown the Chicks’ country coop for this solo debut, which is a well-curated mostly covers affair.
  3. May 7, 2013
    Mother is a good, at times even great, start to a solo recording identity for Natalie Maines, but lacks only in the listener’s greatest desire, to learn more about Maines.
  4. May 23, 2013
    Maines makes each track her own, Patty Griffin's "Silver Bells" as pointed as any Dixie Chicks tune, but we're hungry for her rough-and-tumble songs.
  5. 60
    All very authentic and in the room.
  6. May 7, 2013
    While Maines' singing is the glue that holds everything together, the set's overly polished production and the scattershot curation of the material makes it feel like more like just a haphazard collection of songs than a cohesive album.
  7. May 7, 2013
    However welcome it may be to hear her voice again, it's ultimately her decision to play things so safe that keeps Mother from being a wholly satisfying return.

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  1. May 9, 2013
    A masterpiece!! Truly. Maines provides proof that she was, in fact, the best part of The Dixie Chicks. Stunning renditions of Eddie Vedder's "Without You" and the albums high point, a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over". Expand