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.
Score distribution:
  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