Taking the Long Way

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Country-pop music with a message.
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Positive messages about taking care of each other in a scary world. Not all families will appreciate the Chicks' politics, though.

Violence

Anti-violence message.

Sex
Language

"Ass-kissing" is mentioned; "hell" and "damn" used once or twice.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is one instance of "ass-kissing" in the lyrics as well as one or two uses of "hell" and "damn." The Dixie Chicks are not afraid to discuss their politics; not all families will be comfortable with their liberal views. Non-Christian listeners may notice a subtle assumption of universal Christianity.

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Adult Written byhorses4ever April 9, 2008

the name of the album speaks out for itself and them

Everyone has there opinions on every type of musicians,actors, etc..., this i have to say "They came out of the gate running",since the toby keith iss... Continue reading
Adult Written byemmasmom513 April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2009

Love it lots! 'Not Ready to Make Nice' is a track that every American needs to hear!

The Dixie Chicks are very cool! This album is one to be heard! Just a few bad words but nothing that could be sensored on here! Really cool group, really cool a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymovie girl April 9, 2008

great music, with a good message!

I think that this album has great music. The Dixie Chicks are good role modles, and have really good music to listen to! This music is not inapropriate, and h... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the hands of producer Rick Rubin (who's also worked with Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers), the Chicks show they can rock on TAKING THE LONG WAY. But they also sing the bluesy "I Like It" and the gospel-tinged "I Hope." There seems a bit of that subtle assumption of universal Christianity so prevalent in contemporary country music, but the Chicks don't hit you over the head with it. In lyrics like "Sunday morning/I heard the preacher say/Thou shalt not kill/I don't wanna hear nothing else/about killing and that it is God's will," no judgments are made. Rather there's just the pure message of treating each other right, universally important for listeners of any faith.

Is it any good?

You may remember the uproar over the Dixie Chicks' criticism of Presidential policy a few years ago. Addressed on the new CD in the song "Not Ready to Make Nice" ("I'm not ready to make nice/I'm not ready to back down/I'm still mad as hell..."), it's clear that these women stand by their convictions while expressing them with a more adult perspective. There's a new sense of maturity brought into play on beautifully crafted songs. More glossy and elegant than in the past, the performances still slyly address issues both personal and public, with excellent musicianship setting off gorgeous vocals. Family life and motherhood seem to have affected the Chicks' songwriting and performances, imparting sentimental warmth and depth without being cloying.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "Not Ready to Make Nice," an apparent response to the reaction the Chicks got after criticizing the Bush administration a couple of years ago. Should entertainers talk about politics, or should they stick to entertaining? Do you think Natalie Maines should have apologized for her comments or not?

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