By jones the bones
Does this album mean them lighting has on fire?
One of the Best if 2020
This is easily one of the best albums of 2020. The Chicks were groundbreaking in the 90s, pulling around people’s hearts while being a kick ass trio in a male dominated Country world. And now, in 2020, they are still kicking dirt with their boots and creating stories that keep us pulled in. This is a album one should listen to from beginning to end. A story of abuse and redemption.
I don't buy music, but I had to have this!
I can't remember the last time I bought music, nevermind a whole CD, but I had to have this! I was hooked after "Boy you know exactly what you did on my boat/ and boy you know that's exactly why you ain't coming home." Then to hear "My husbands girlfriend's husband just called me up/how messed up is that?"
I know alot of people are complaining about how this album is "all Natalie" but anyone who has listened to Taking the Long Way heard a lot about the sisters. Most of that album was about children and their struggles with marriage and infertility. There was some Natalie, and some fun upbeat songs, on that album but Martie and Emily definitely took center stage.
Now that Natalie has experienced a long and complicated divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar she had a story to tell.
I can't say enough about how this was accomplished. Catchy tunes AND a trail through Natalie's broken marriage. To hear her take a journey from bitter, angry, vicious betrayed wife (hint, we find out what happened on the boat from Gaslighter in "Tights on the Boat.) to forgiveness and just wanting to be done fighting (Set Me Free.). It's heart wrenching. On top of all that they remind us in several songs, it's not just about the relationship between the adults as they have 2 boys together. To hear her talking to her sons in several songs, at first about how their father's infidelity could affect them (Sleep at Night) to talking directly to them about how to deal with the loss of an idol and father figure (Young Man) is a reminder that divorce is about the entire family unit and not just the adults involved.
Then you add in March March, which many critics have bashed as destroying the entire storytelling by breaking up the middle of the album, but I think was a perfect song! It encapsulates the times we live in and sets them even further apart from the conservative base they were rejected by in 2003. Then to watch the music video for it on YouTube (I literally cried through the entire song, something about the music, melody, and imagery just struck me) just blew me away. Great music, Great singing! I have played this album on repeat for the past week and I can't get enough.
Vocals and production kill...I would recommend checking the performances they have been doing from home for talk shows on YouTube...they are so on point...
This album is not just one thing and I love that about it...I think the chicks have always pushed boundaries with music...I’d say this is pop, country, and alternative...but it really doesn’t matter honestly...just good music.
The Chicks are still cranking out hits!
Wish I like the whole album as much as past ones. Their voices are still strong.
The Chicks have gotten away from what used to make them really good. Plenty of fiddle, mandolin, etc. COUNTRY!! It's really hard to find any real country anymore. Just Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and George Strait. By the way, isn't the name "CHICKS" sexist??
Not what I was waiting for
By Speckled Pup
I loved the Chicks since I saw them perform at the Mesquite Balloon fest however many years ago. Have every album including Courtyard Hounds. Waited years for this album and am so disapointed. Over indulgent bs, utilizing every cliche out there. They can sing, they can play, they can write. Let's use those talents next time.
The more I listen, the more I love it!
This isn’t my favorite Chicks album, but it’s towards the top of my list. It was great to hear the instruments, harmonies, and the emotion in Natalie’s voice. Lots of great songs!