The Chicks finally return
Friday, July 17, 2020 – The Chicks are back with the trio's first album in almost 15 years today, "Gaslighter." The Chicks were known as The Dixie Chicks, but the name changed due to the attention on race issues in the U.S. The release is an intensely personal affair for lead singer Natalie Maines as several of the songs deal directly with her divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar. The release tends to have a more subdued tempo than previous efforts. Jack Antonoff of .fun and Bleachers, produced.
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Much has changed for The Chicks since their last studio release, "Taking the Long Way," some 14 years ago. Rebranding for one. No more Dixie Chicks, thanks to their reaction to the discussion over racial issues in the U.S. following the killing of George Floyd. "Dixie" was no longer the right look.
And then there's the music and the end of a marriage, an overriding theme throughout the highly personal and emotional "Gaslighter."
The change also crept into the ...
Much has changed on the musical landscape for the Dixie Chicks since the Incident in London three years ago when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the Iraq war. The trio lost its standing on the country radio scene; their albums were burned, and they received death threats.But Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Maines do not backpedal on these 14 songs. They, instead, address the issues that have faced them head on time and again. "Not Ready to Make Nice" maintains ...
The Dixie Chicks certainly enjoyed their most controversial year ever thanks to a few words uttered by lead singer Natalie Maines, and they also had one of the most successful tours of 2003 as well.
This 22-song live disc recorded somewhere during the U.S. part of the tour is clear indication that beyond the headlines, there was a tremendous amount of quality music going on.
The mix put Maines' vocals way out front. She has always been a good singer, and this indicates just how good she truly is. ...