Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
In a Wide Open Space
jane kirk and kriste matrisch
had two people review this CD - they were both set on doing
it, so check 'em both out.
Review by Jane - firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever been in a smog
infested slum and then driven into the country for a nice
breath of fresh air? After having Garth Brooks and LeAnn
Rimes shoved down my throat for the past year, the new album
by the Dixie Chicks is a refreshing treat.
Let me start by saying that I
don't particularly like banjos. Likewise, I could do
without mandolins. In my mind, those are bluegrass instruments,
and for the most part, should stay such. However, banjos
and mandolins as utilized on "Wide Open Spaces"
are a delicious change of pace.
Speaking of changing paces, this
album has a wonderful way of never falling into a tempo slump.
Some albums have a major problem with all of their ballads
sounding the same, or all of their up-tempo stuff sounding
the same, or both. That does not occur on Wide Open
Spaces. The album ranges from the bluegrass feel of "Give
It Up Or Let Me Go" (yes, the old Bonnie Ratio tune)
to the traditional country feel of "Loving Arms"
to the new country feel of "Let 'Er Rip."
Most of the songs are up-tempo, but it's when the ladies slow
down and sing a mournful ballad that they really shine.
A good case in point is "You Were Mine." The
song, written by group members Emily Erwin and Martie Seidel,
starts out as a simple love gone wrong song, then throws in
a line about the children her ex-husband left behind.
It's a 90's version of Tammy Wynette's "I Don't Want
To Play House." There are a million wonderful surprises
on "Wide Open Spaces," which make it a all around
delightful album. I highly recommend it.
by Kriste - email@example.com
normally listen to country music, but when my friend played
Dixie Chicks "I Can Love You Better," on her
car radio, I thought "this is really cool!"
And, where I work, the radio stations are changed from Top
40 one day to country music the next day. So, when I
heard the Chicks second hit, "Theres Your
Trouble," I was in love. With two great songs,
I knew I wanted the album. Lucky for me, I got it as a gift.
made me fall in love with the Chicks is their vocal harmonies.
They could sing a cappella and Id still be impressed.
It is also commendable that two of them play some of the music
most of the songs are written by others; you still have to
admire them for picking great songs to sing. They even
use a song written by Bonnie Raitt, "Give It Up or Let
Me Go," which is very spunky and full of attitude.
Erwin and Seidel do collaborate to write "You Were Mine,"
which is about a woman who is trying to get over the fact
that her husband has found a new love. They ask in harmony,
"What right does she have to take you away, when for
so long you were mine."
album is upbeat for the most part, their singing about love
, relationships, and life is very cool. For those who dont
listen to country music very much, even you will be delighted.
out of 5.0