Dixie Chicks: Natalie Maines (vocals); Emily Erwin (vocals, dobro, banjo, acoustic guitar); Martie Seidel (vocals, fiddle, mandolin). Additional personnel: Billy Joe Walker, Jr., Paul Worley (acoustic & electric guitars); Mark Casstevens, Billy Crain … see full wiki
Pros: Right mix fast and slow song; something for everyone.
Cons: None come to mind.
The Bottom Line: Over all, I love Wide Open Spaces and would high recommend it to any fan of the Dixie Chicks.
Original Release Date: January 27, 1998 Genre: Contemporary Country & Western Label: Sony Records Number of Discs: (1)
I can remember like it was yesterday the time I had occasion to first listen to the Dixie Chicks debut CD Wide Open Spaces; it was on a cross-country summer vacation in 1998, when I drove from Chicago to Newport, RI to visit family and my old friend the Atlantic Ocean. Together with Shania Twain and a few performers, the Chicks kept me company for the 13-hour (26-hour round trip) drive.
I popped Wide Open Spaces into my Nissan Maximas CD player as I was leaving Newport at 5:00 A.M. on what proved to be an overcast day. And the clouds seem to cling to me like a dark blanket all the way back to Chicago the faithful day. This was my first (real) listen to and album that would become of my favoritesfor that year at leastand by the end I was thrilled and amazed by the effect this CD had on me.
Although I had heard cuts from the album on GAC (I Can Love You Better and There's Your Trouble) it was mostly just background noise, and eye candy. Now I had a chance to really listen to the lyrics, and I through enjoyed what I heard.
Wide Open Spaces opens with the vibrant I Can Love You Better, wherein the trio from Texas let their love of the music and sunny personalities become one with the music. Lead singer Natalie Mainess vocal range is not wide open, and her overall vocal acumen is not exactly exciting, but the overall package is very enticing with Emily Robinson (background vocals, banjo, dobro, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, papoose, accordion, and sitar), and Martie Maguire (background vocals, fiddle, mandolin, and viola), providing beautiful harmonizing vocals.
Track No. 5 You were Mine, had the most profound effect on me because of what I was going through at the time; I am not ashamed to say that the song brought me to tears. The personal trauma I was experiencing at the time coupled with the haunting lyric and beautiful violin play took me down a path I hardly ever travel, and always alone.
As is my custom when I really like a song, I listened to it over and over again, and wept silent tears every time. Now there is a song! Even now some nine year later, the song still stirs the emotional waters. It did not help that the day was gray, with big rolling low hanging clouds that threatened rain and seemed to follow me as the highway spread out before me.
Track No. 10, I'll Take Care Of You also hit a cord, for it coveys in words and beautiful melodies how most of us feel love should be, but do not have the guts or the heart to tell the ones we love.
Its strange, but as soon as I started listing to track No. 12 Give It Up or Let Me Go the clouds have begun to disappear and I was moving my head, toes, and fingers to the enticing beat. I like this song, because each of the Chicks gets a chance to showcase her musical talent.
Over all, I love Wide Open Spaces and would high recommend it to any fan of the Dixie Chicks. With solid musicianship, beautifully engineered vocal harmonizing and contagious pop hooks Wide Open Spaces is a stellar debut album from a group that has continued to re-invent and outdo themselves.
1. I Can Love You Better 2. Wide Open Spaces 3. Loving Arms 4. Theres Your Trouble 5. You Were Mine 6. Never Say Die 7. Tonight The Heartaches On Me 8. Let Er Rip 9. One Youve Loved Somebody 10. Ill Take Care of You 11. Am I The Only One (Whos Ever Felt This Way) 12. Give It UP Or Let Me Go