Taking The Long Way - Dixie Chicks
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  • Summary: Rick Rubin "executive" produced the controversial country outfit's first release in four years. John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, and members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Heartbreakers guest.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Finally, they put their music where their opinionated mouths are.
  2. There's still some banjo-pickin' and fiddle-playing, but The Long Way's clean, soft-rockin' vibe is striking in contrast to the traditional bluegrassy leanings of 2002's Home.
  3. [The] lack of zest in the production is forgivable because Taking the Long Way is otherwise a strong, confident affair.
  4. The first-time pairing with Rubin has resulted in a surprisingly cohesive mix of country and rock tunes.
  5. 70
    The development in their songwriting is dramatic. [Jul 2006, p.90]
  6. Taking the Long Way wraps its still-raw emotions in sweet satin sheets of breezy, middle-of-the-road pop. While there are still some country elements, the album mostly exists in that top-down netherworld of Sheryl Crow albums and Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly."
  7. It's not just Rubin's production choices that fail, though--it's the songwriting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 109
  2. Negative: 14 out of 109
  1. Patrick
    Jun 29, 2007
    Anybody who gives it a 0 or 1 obviously holds a huge bias. There are so many great songs on this album. 10 because it deserves it
  2. ValarieS
    May 30, 2006
    It really saddens me that the people who the Dixie Chicks really could speak to and make a difference with have chosen to bury their collective heads in the sand. This CD is incredible, and they don't even care. Blind patriotism was big in Germany not so long ago too! Expand
  3. JimmyD
    May 23, 2006
    Excellent! Killer music and a bold message, flying in the face of war-mongering criticism. A must buy.
  4. JDWilliams
    Jun 23, 2006
    EVERY SONG ON THIS CD PLEASES MY EARS! everyone should own this cd i havent heard a cd this good in so long.
  5. AndyZ
    Jun 20, 2006
    This is an outstanding album with a number of great and memorable songs. The best Chicks album ever and a moving declaration of defiance.
  6. DineshP
    Jul 12, 2006
    Good Overall. Not a country fan. But good music. lot of power and emotion. Valid points, Beautiful arrangement with the typical DC delivery makes this one a must have. And more importantly they made a point and stuck to it. Bush should listen to this and Pink's Im not dead. Expand
  7. DonC
    May 22, 2006
    At one time this group was my favorite; if I hear their song being played now, I stop listening to the station playing them. Personally, I think all three of them are idiots Expand

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