Record Collector (magazine) - p.804 stars out of 5
-- "They sing like nightingales, but they're as hard as nails; modern-day torch-bearers in the mould of Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn."
Uncut (magazine) - p.904 stars out of 5
-- "[The] album collates their best cuts -- including the immaculate war ballad 'Travelin' Soldier' and blackly comic 'Goodbye Earl' -- from their last four studio albums."
Liner Note Author: Bob Mehr.
Recording information: 1999-??-??&2002-??-??&2006-.
Photographers: Rod Spicer; Mark Seliger; Kim Maguire; James Minchin.
Appearing a few months after the budget-line Playlist, The Essential Dixie Chicks is the kind of comprehensive collection this trio deserves. Spanning 30 tracks over two discs, The Essential rounds up all of the Dixie Chicks' big hits but runs in reverse, opening with selections from 2006's Taking the Long Way, then running back through 2002's Home, 1999's Fly, and 1998's Wide Open Spaces. Some may grumble about the sequencing, but it flows nicely and has all the hits while illustrating the depth of the band's catalog, which is enough to make it as essential as billed. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine