Taking the Long Way
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
"I Hope" warns that children learn by watching adults. Youthful idealism grows up on "Favorite Year." Other songs express a desire to get the most out of life ("I Like It"), oppose threats and violence ("Not Ready to Make Nice"), and find couples working through rough patches ("Baby Hold On"). A mother's tender "Lullaby" lavishes love on a new baby. The haunting "Silent House" is a grown daughter's loving pledge to keep her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother's memories alive. While mourning a world in which "children lose their youth too soon," the singer finds peace in the "Easy Silence" that exists between intimates. A carefree, gypsy-like adventure with friends leads to self-discovery on "The Long Way Around," however ...
It mentions drinking, smoking with hippies and defiantly rejecting social norms. Alcohol also appears on "Bitter End." A woman justifies deception on "Everybody Knows" ("You may think I'm telling lies, but I just call it getting by"). The Chicks emerged from their anti-Bush controversy bitter and eager to lash out at critics, which they do on "Lubbock or Leave It" and "Not Ready to Make Nice." "Voice Inside My Head" finds a wife and mother longing for a lover from her past. There are two mild profanities.
Not an effort likely to raise the trio's Red-State stock. Too much self-indulgent whining and left-of-center morality, too few quality tunes like "Silent House."