Review - Fly

Artist: Dixie Chicks

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The hip, neo-country Dixie Chicks have earned their wings and learned to "Fly." The follow-up album to the trio's megasuccess "Wide Open Spaces" celebrates artistic growth for the band members: While they penned just one song on their debut, they wrote or co-authored five of the new tracks.

"Fly's" 14 songs are stocked with sassy lyrics about women defining themselves on their own terms. The spunkiest cut, "Goodbye Earl," tells the tale of an abused woman whose best friend helps her kill her husband. (The girls offer the disclaimer that they "do not advocate premeditated murder, but love getting even.")

Along with bold attitudes, the Dixie Chicks use the Shania Twain approach to music, fusing traditional banjo and fiddle with strong, spirited and energetic vocals. This combination creates a modern sound that's right for both country-music and pop-rock fans.

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