The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) are back with a new name and an album full of grandiose statements.
No strangers to speaking their mind; the trio have recently released their comeback album and Gaslighter feels like three hearts being put on display for the world to see. Though the album’s release was postponed due to the pandemic, it absolutely feels like it was gifted to the world at a perfect time. The Chicks had already proved to be artists who beautifully weave their narrative into their lyrics and the twelve songs on Gaslighter remind us of that.
With Jack Antonoff as a co-writer and producer on the album, it was evident that this particular album would stand out from the rest. Don’t worry though, the harmonies are still excellent, and they’re just as snarky and clever as they’ve ever been. However, Gaslighter does find The Chicks leaning more on the side of a Pop/Country album. While completely vulnerable and though oftentimes you’ll find it difficult to face the subject matter, the catchy lyrics and the quick humor that they’re known for still find its way into each song.
I hope you die peacefully in your sleep
Just kidding, I hope it hurts like you hurt me
I hope that, when you think of me, you can’t breathe (Ah, hmm)
I hope you never find a sock to match the other one
-“Tights On My Boat”
If the title-track has any say in the matter, then it’s evident that The Chicks would not be holding back. Natalie Maines details the story of her divorce in a few songs including “Sleep at night” and “Tights On My Boat”, they give a voice to the voiceless with “Everybody Loves You” and they create an anthem for the uprising with “March March” and they reassure their children with “Julianna Calm Down” and “Young Man”.
Remember you brought her to our show at the Hollywood Bowl
She said, “I love you, I’m such a fan”
I joked that you can love me as long as you don’t love my man
There’s nothin’ funny about that
How do you sleep at night? (Oh)
How do you tell those lies? (Oh)
Lookin’ me in the eye (Oh)
Livin’ a double life
Tell me, how do you sleep at night? (Oh)
How do you sleep at night?
-“Sleep at Night”
This album will make you immediately grateful that The Chicks didn’t actually just “shut up and sing” like they were told to back in 2003. Gaslighter feels like having brunch with your girlfriends; it feels like those casual Sundays where Brunch lasts for hours and you find yourselves bearing your souls into a bottomless pitch of mimosas. It feels like the moment after a breakthrough in therapy when your shoulders begin to feel a little lighter. It feels like a celebration of everything you’ve overcome and for that, we shall be eternally grateful to The Chicks.