Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Long Way Around (2006) – Dixie Chicks

Following their George W. Bush “bashing” and bickering with Toby Keith, the Dixie Chicks found time to make some spirited music. Spinning the tale of a wayward heart, Natalie Maines condescendingly pities her friends who failed to seek life beyond the borders of their hometowns. She eschews their complacent mindlessness, opting instead for a carefree itinerant lifestyle free of restrictions and devoid of accountability.

“The Long Way Around” is interspersed with references to the fallout from their 2003 Top of the World Tour—the highest grossing country music tour of all time—during which Maines stated that they were “ashamed” that President Bush was from their home state of Texas, resulting in boycotts and death threats against the group. Additionally, in 2002 Maines criticized Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” as, “ignorant,” to which Keith responded, “I’ll bury her.” Maines in turn wore a “F.U.T.K.” shirt while performing at the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards. Amusing, eh?

Rolling along on a chuck wagon of acoustic guitar, banjo, accordion, violin and a chorus of pleasant background vocal harmonies, the Chicks cruise resiliently in the caravan of California country rock (think the Eagles’ “Take It Easy” with less country, more rock). Maines reflects upon the backlash of vocalizing her convictions, yet still places faith in her circuitous detours.

Even if their music is not your cup o’ tea (or swig of Jack Daniels), you have to respect the Dixie Chicks’ all-American gumption. After all, it’s only Constitutional.

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