Former Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines recently released her debut solo album, “Mother” through Columbia Records. The album is a bit of a departure from her multi-platinum country trio. Maines herself stated that she is not a country artist at heart but loves rock ‘n’ roll as she mixes some of her favorite covers songs with originals.
Maines plays it safe on the album opener “Without You” which doesn’t stray too much from her old job, but performs a haunting version of Pink Floyd’s “Mother” as she stick close to the original. Maines finally plugs in her guitar and rocks on Patti Griffin’s “Silver Bells” as she sounds so natural leading a hard rocking band instead of twangy country. One of the highlights of this album is the seven-minute version of Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over.” Maines pulls off the song’s meaning with complete passion and soul. Ben Harper lends a hand on the guitar-shuffle of “Trained,” before closing the album with the newly written “Take It On Faith” specifically written for this album. Her performances throughout this album are strong and deeply meaningful to any listener.
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