At a time when their personal and professional lives were extremely complicated, the Dixie Chicks managed to concoct an album of stunning simplicity.

At a time when their personal and professional lives were extremely complicated, the Dixie Chicks managed to concoct an album of stunning simplicity. Stellar acoustic musicianship, vibrant vocals, top-shelf material, and loads of soul drive the train on such hook-laden cuts as the freewheelin' leadoff single, "Long Time Gone," and the rambunctious, rebellious "Tortured, Tangled Hearts." Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" becomes a gentle, backporch contemplation in the Chicks' capable hands, and vocalist Natalie Maines' understated vocal, backed in gorgeous fashion by sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, paints a stirring picture on Bruce Robison's "Travelin' Soldier." Indeed, the understated musicality of Home allows the Chicks to amply showcase their monstrous talent, with Maines shining particularly bright against the rock-solid backdrop of the dreamy title cut and superb Radney Foster song "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)." In its masterful subtlety, this record roars.—RW

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