Rolling Stone (9/16/99, p.115) - 3.5 stars (out of 5) - "...They're the most fun you can have on country radio these days, bringing a sisterly zest to their celebrations of hell-raising country gals who know how to rip out a man's heart and use it to fix a flat..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/10/99, pp.149-50) - "...takes a giant leap in establishing the [them] as serious, fully developed writers and musicians....the new tunes are a beguiling mix of deep-dish country-bluegrass, infused with progressive country, folk, and rock..." - Rating: A-
Q (11/99, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their trump card is Natalie Maines, a tiny woman whose voice packs all the power of a rottweiller's jaws....and when sister's Emily Erwin and Martie Seidel slide in their harmonies, even the sturdiest of spines should be tingling in gratitude..."
Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.81) - "...Tracks that bear repeated listening: the radio-friendly 'Ready To Run,' 'Cowboy Take Me Away,' 'Hole in My Head' and the refreshingly ol' fashioned 'Hello Mr. Heartache'....Some great material finds a home on FLY..."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/99, p.116) - "...retains the gloss and modernity to appeal to the [Shanaia] Twain fraternity, but enough traditionalism seeps through to gain the respect of Opry regulars..."
Dixie Chicks: Natalie Maines (vocals, hand claps); Emily Robison (acoustic & lap steel guitar, banjo, dobro, hand claps, background vocals); Martie Seidel (fiddle, viola, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Paul Worley (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Randy Scruggs, Billy Joe Walker Jr, Adam Steinberg, Bryan Sutton, Dennis Linde, Marcus Hummon (acoustic guitar); Pat Buchanan, George Marinelli, Mike Henderson, Keith Urban (electric guitar); Lloyd Maines (steel guitar); John Mock (tin whistle, concertina, bodhran); Steve Conn (accordion); Steve Nathan, Matt Rollings (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Michael Rhodes (bass); Greg Morrow (drums); Tom Roady, Terry McMillan (percussion); Blake Chancey, Charlie Robison (hand claps, background vocals).
Principally recorded at Westwood Sound Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
FLY won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Album. "Ready To Run" won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. FLY was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. "Ready To Run" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
The Dixie Chicks won the 2000 CMA Awards for Entertainer Of The Year and Vocal Group Of The Year. FLY won the 2000 CMA Award for Album Of The Year.
"Goodbye Earl" won the 2000 CMA Award for Best Video Of The Year.
Personnel: Emily Robison (vocals, acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, banjo, hand claps); Paul Worley (vocals, acoustic guitar); Martie Seidel (vocals, violin, fiddle, viola); Natalie Maines, Charlie Robison (vocals, hand claps); Billy Joe Walker, Jr., Dennis Linde, Marcus Hammon, Adam Steinberg, Marcus Hummon, Randy Scruggs, Billy Joe Walker , Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); George Marinelli, Keith Urban, Mike Henderson, Pat Buchanan (electric guitar); Lloyd Maines (steel guitar); Connie Ellisor, Karen Winkelmann, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Lee Larrison, Alan Umstead, David Angell, Catherine Umstead, Cate Myer, Janet Askey (violin); Jim Grosjean, Kris Wilkinson, Monisa Angell, Gary VanOsdale (viola); John Catchings, Bob Mason (cello); John Mock (tin whistle, concertina, bodhran); Steve Conn (accordion); Matt Rollings, Steve Nathan (organ, keyboards); Michael Rhodes (bass guitar); Greg Morrow (drums); Blake Chancey (hand claps); Terry McMillan, Tom Roady (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Chuck Ainlay; John Guess; Patrick Murphy.
Recording information: SOund Kitchen, Franklin, TN; The MOney Pit; The Work Station; Westwood Sound Studio, Nashvill.
Editor: Tony Castle.
Photographers: Ed Rode; Moshe Brakha; Albert Sanchez.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kjell B. Sandved.
Arranger: Dennis Burnside.
Forget the platform sneakers and safety pins--under all that glitz and glitter, the Dixie Chicks are one heckuva country group. The group sings, plays, and writes beautifully on their sophomore release, FLY. Thankfully, crossover success hasn't taken the country out of the Chicks--Martie Seidel's fiddle and mandolin and Emily Robison's banjo and dobro are still front-and-center in all the arrangements. Natalie Maines' powerful voice wrings every drop of emotion out of a ballad like "Let Him Fly," and then turns on a dime to blast through the "Hole in My Head."
But in addition to some fine playing and singing, FLY also finds the Chicks reaching new heights as songwriters. The five tracks for which the group takes writing credits are among the best on the CD, especially the lilting, Irish-flavored "Ready to Run" and the heart-wrenching breakup song "Without You." For comic relief, the Chicks offer their own "Sin Wagon," about a disgruntled wife out to break her marriage vows with a little "mattress dancin'." And while the group may have raised eyebrows at the outset by adopting the slogan "Chicks Kick Ass," FLY proves the Chicks are capable of doing the near impossible: living up to their own hype.