It’s only fitting that Natalie Maines would release her new album in May. The album is named Mother after the title track (which is a gut-wrenching remake of a Pink Floyd classic). The official release date is May 7th, but if you want to listen to it now it’s currently streaming on NPR’s website. I suggest you plug in your earphones and begin streaming stat.
The album, co-produced by Ben Harper, is already getting rave reviews. We haven’t heard from Natalie since 2007. That’s when she and the Dixie Chicks decided to take a bit of a breather after some rocky times.
The album includes the mentioned cover of Pink Floyd’s Mother as well as covers of The Jayhawks I’d Run Away, Patty Griffin’s Silver Bell and a version of Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You Should’ve Come Over.
NPR’s Ann Powers has this to say of the album, “Sampling from great material by writers known for busting genres, Maines frees herself — not only from her country past, but from any other definitions that would limit her.”
I’ve been listening to the streaming songs on repeat all week and instantly her covers are favorites. Natalie has this superb ability to be the ultimate mix of all musical elements that I love. She’s a little pop, she’s a little alt-country, she’s a rocker. What connects the dots is that she is a story teller with how she sings. She grabs your attention and demands that you listen.
Have a listen to and let us know what you think!