Taking The Long Way

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: May 23, 2006
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic 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. Rolling Stone
    80
    [It] embraces the depth and fury of classic rock while remaining true to the trio's Texas roots. [18 May 2006, p.226]
  3. Apart from the political material, they’ve rustled up some of their most gorgeous melodies.
  4. 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.
  5. [The] lack of zest in the production is forgivable because Taking the Long Way is otherwise a strong, confident affair.
  6. Mojo
    80
    It's another good one. [Jul 2006, p.100]
  7. With The Long Way Around, the Chicks haven't turned a corner as much as locked horns with their recent past, their spirituality and spunk intact, heroines on the side of truth.
  8. The Texas trio sounds like a new group.
  9. Those voices alone are enough to devastate, and they’re the reason this album deserves mention among the year’s best.
  10. On first listen, Taking the Long Way seems too somber--in need of a bit of levity and more than a couple of uptempo songs (like the sexy, '60s-flavored "I Like It") to resonate for the long haul. It also seems to lack the writing quality that Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, and Bruce Robison brought to Home. But on repeated plays, those concerns dissipate.
  11. Blender
    70
    This album has some of what was missing from Home: fire, ugliness, resentment. [Jun 2006, p.135]
  12. The first-time pairing with Rubin has resulted in a surprisingly cohesive mix of country and rock tunes.
  13. Uncut
    70
    The development in their songwriting is dramatic. [Jul 2006, p.90]
  14. 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."
  15. If anything, Taking The Long Way is overly blunt, as though the group felt it has an image to maintain. The anger feels calculated.
  16. Ironically, just as they have become a liberal cause célèbre, the Dixie Chicks sound more conservative than ever.
  17. Q Magazine
    40
    The bulk sounds little different from most of what passes for mainstream country these days. [Jul 2006, p.113]
  18. It's not just Rubin's production choices that fail, though--it's the songwriting.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 109
  2. Negative: 14 out of 109
  1. Patrick
    Jun 29, 2007
    10
    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. Jack
    Jul 26, 2007
    5
    Yet another politically charged album that appeals to the Air America crowd and is despised by the Sean Hannity crowd. If I want politics, I Yet another politically charged album that appeals to the Air America crowd and is despised by the Sean Hannity crowd. If I want politics, I will listen to any of those talk radio programs. If I want music, give me music, not a temper tantrum from some partisan POV. Full Review »
  3. franciscog
    Apr 10, 2007
    10
    The best album of the year without a doubt.... flawless!!!