Taking the Long Way

Common Sense Media says

Country-pop music with a message.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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


Anti-violence message.

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to wine.

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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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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Dixie Chicks
Release date:May 23, 2006
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 album! 4 Stars!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old June 7, 2009

this band sucks

lifeismuty is crazy your kids will hate this band now i hate that they trash talked toby keith ( my favorite singer) that song was about our country the red white and blue shame on everyone who likes this band that is why they always loose on cmt power picks GO TOBY
Adult Written byemmasmom513 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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