June 4, 2010
New Albums: The Dixie Chicks and Jack Johnson
The Dixie Chicks – Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks
It is so difficult not to like the Dixie Chicks. Just try it, seriously. It can’t be done!
Though there isn’t any new music from this trio (and there hasn’t been any since about 2006…sad), this album is definitely worth picking up. It lives up to its name as The Very Best of Dixie Chicks. It accentuates everything that is great about this band. Whoever chose the songs for this CD should be commended!
Natalie Maines has an incredible voice. It shocked a lot of people when the other two members, Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson were going to release new music in 2010 without their lead singer; however, on March 16, all three of the Dixie Chicks confirmed that they would tour with the Eagles this upcoming summer. Phew! Crisis averted.
So this Playlist album features a lot of the Dixie Chicks’ biggest hits, such as “Not Ready to Make Nice,” “Wide Open Spaces,” and their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” As much as we all love Stevie Nicks, I think Natalie Maines’s voice is much more suited for that song. So check out this great greatest-hits compilation, and let’s hope for some new DC music soon!
Jack Johnson – To the Sea
Jack Johnson would have an album called To the Sea, wouldn’t he? This flipflop-wearing, ukulele-playing* UCSB-referencing** laid-back hippie only has a voice for other hippies. It’s okay with me if you want to be like Jack Johnson…I don’t judge.
The album starts with a bang: “You And Your Heart” made me lol– but don’t worry, it wasn’t because it was bad. It was just very typical Jack Johnson. One thing you can count on with him, I guess, is that he is always consistent. Can’t you imagine yourself walking along Santa Monica pier or Venice Beach or something with your 80s stereo (think high-tops and neon pants or something, I don’t know) on your shoulder as you’re rocking out to this guy? And by “rocking out” I mean leisurely strolling down the beach without shoes on.
As I sit here listening to To the Sea, I realize…he does have a very soothing voice, doesn’t he? I mean, he’s no Lionel Richie, but I can see how someone would use Jack Johnson to calm his or her mood. Okay, I’ll bite. Check out To the Sea, and listen to “Anything But The Truth.”
* I don’t actually know if he really plays the ukulele
** DLG is a reference to the De La Guerra dining commons at UCSB, in the song “Bubble Toes“
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