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  • Summary: The first new studio album in 14 years for the country trio formerly known as the Dixie Chicks was produced with Jack Antonoff.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 16, 2020
    100
    Stunning. ... With slick, tasteful production from Jack Antanoff built around shining guitars and perfectly balanced vocal arrangements, this is a powerful addition to the genre.
  2. Jul 16, 2020
    93
    Rather than impose an excess of ear candy (although it’s welcome on the few occasions in which it comes), Antonoff knew what he had on his hands here: an album in which each new incendiary lyrical moment seems to top the last, before grievance gives way to beautiful grief. Candor, take them away.
  3. Jul 20, 2020
    90
    Gaslighter is bold and incendiary, finding the Chicks reclaiming their relevance. Thankfully, the Chicks rejected silencing as Gaslighter reestablishes their penchant for vocalizing raw truths.
  4. Jul 16, 2020
    80
    “Gaslighter” turns out to be the Chicks’ most intensely personal effort yet, with song after song apparently inspired by Maines’ 2019 divorce.
  5. Jul 17, 2020
    80
    While these songs are spare and direct enough to withstand simpler instrumentation, the arrangements the Chicks worked up with Antonoff are subtle and sly; they wrap themselves around the bones of the melody, accentuating the emotions underpinning the songs.
  6. Jul 16, 2020
    80
    A straight-talking delight, ‘Gaslighter’ refuses to radically overhaul The Chicks’ sound, and that’s ultimately why it’s so successful. Retaining that fine balance between country and pop, it allows the three-piece space to be true to themselves, ably building on their storied catalogue.
  7. Uncut
    Aug 13, 2020
    50
    They could afford to take more liberties with the musical cliches thereof: listening to Gaslighter is a bit like eating 12 courses of dessert. [Oct 2020, p.29]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Jul 26, 2020
    10
    Love the raw emotion in this & how they call(or sing) a spade a spade! I can totally relate to it, & feel like I'm part of it! As usual, theLove the raw emotion in this & how they call(or sing) a spade a spade! I can totally relate to it, & feel like I'm part of it! As usual, the killer harmonies blend effortlessly with the strong vocals & musicianship! I also love how each of their albums have a different sound without being too 'predictable', this one being no different! In short, "WOW!" Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2020
    10
    This album is so perfect. Deserve Grammys. Deserve all. One of the best of 2020.
  3. Aug 1, 2020
    10
    So yeah, I love this album. It’s everything I hoped it would be and so, so much more than I expected. And I admittedly, I had very highSo yeah, I love this album. It’s everything I hoped it would be and so, so much more than I expected. And I admittedly, I had very high expectations. (There’s always a worry when an artist you love puts out new music that you might not like it. That’s happened to me with other artists before.)
    But not with this one. Their voices have matured so well which is not always the case with singers. And their instrumental talents appear to be expanded even beyond the virtuoso status they already displayed on their previous albums and concerts.

    And the songwriting is just spectacular. They have always been such good storytellers, but they have surpassed their past storytelling efforts by leaps and bounds. Their crafting of the stories and the phrasing is remarkable. And they have placed the perfect melodies and instrumentation to go along with it. This album cements their already iconic status even more.

    I think that this is a perfect evolution and maturity of their music. It’s modern but also classic. It keeps all the elements that make Chicks’ music great. Powerful lead vocals. Perfect harmonies. Extraordinary instrumentation. Remarkable storytelling. It’s amazing that they have produced something this spectacular after such a long hiatus. Welcome back, Chicks!
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  4. Jul 22, 2020
    10
    A triumphant return for a band that doesn't owe the world anything, but a return that is needed. There will never be a more talented band ofA triumphant return for a band that doesn't owe the world anything, but a return that is needed. There will never be a more talented band of women in music. Expand
  5. Jul 17, 2020
    10
    Chicks serviram muito!
    Eu amei cada música nesse álbum, uma mais emocionante e tocante que a outra.
  6. Jul 18, 2020
    9
    One of the most personal albums I have heard in a long time. And The Chicks have made a sound that while is poppier in nature still has itsOne of the most personal albums I have heard in a long time. And The Chicks have made a sound that while is poppier in nature still has its country and bluegrass roots. Definitely one of their best albums to date and a great return! Best Tracks: Sleep At Night, For Her, My Best Friend’s Weddings, Tights on My Boat, Hope It’s Something Good Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2020
    0
    Contrived, disingenuous, condescendingly and overtly political. This is nothing more than a virtue signaling anti trump ad. In the desperateContrived, disingenuous, condescendingly and overtly political. This is nothing more than a virtue signaling anti trump ad. In the desperate attempt to stay relevant, they abandon their entire fan base and roots, and pander to the very people who will never except them. The critics will love it, everyone else who’s is being honest, will ignore this trash. Expand

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