The Chicks - Gaslighter
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Based on 25 reviews
2020 Ratings: #99 / 819
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Based on 431 ratings
2020 Ratings: #252
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Entertainment Weekly

By blending early-21st-century pop savvy with the storytelling that made country music so crucial to the American canon, Gaslighter is all fire and nerve, performed by three women whose musical bona fides are rivaled only by their rock-solid backbones.

The Telegraph

With slick, tasteful production from Jack Antanoff built around shining guitars and perfectly balanced vocal arrangements, this is a powerful addition to the genre.

Consequence of Sound

The journey of Gaslighter is bolstered by the same strong group dynamic that put The Chicks on the map years ago, all through a lush but often dialed-back, new sound that ventures further into the pop realm.

American Songwriter

It’s an arresting finish to an album so full of emotion, it takes a while to absorb it all. It’s not perfect, and it’s not meant to be. But the juxtaposition of slickness and rawness somehow works, making the kind of statement the Chicks have been working toward since they first sang of mattress dancing and offing that unfaithful Earl.


Gaslighter is bold and incendiary, finding the Chicks reclaiming their relevance. Thankfully, the Chicks rejected silencing as Gaslighter reestablishes their penchant for vocalizing raw truths.

The Young Folks

The true triumph of Gaslighter is that it refuses to let the people who have wronged them take anymore than they already have.


Gaslighter is the best country album of 2020 because it forces empathy onto the listener while reminding us we don’t have to be superheroes to make a difference.

Spectrum Culture

With Gaslighter, The Chicks wield both the scalpel and the microscope with equal skill. And they sure can sing.

Slant Magazine

Gaslighter may not have been the album that country music needed, but it’s clearly the one that the Chicks needed to make.


It's an inspiring, swift-footed return from a band who've always carried more than their fair share. With Gaslighter, the Chicks sound unburdened.

The Independent

Still political, still resilient – if you were a fan of The Dixie Chicks back in 2006, then The Chicks are precisely who you hoped they would grow to be in 2020.


A straight-talking delight, ‘Gaslighter’ refuses to radically overhaul The Chicks’ sound, and that’s ultimately why it’s so successful. Retaining that fine balance between country and pop, it allows the three-piece space to be true to themselves, ably building on their storied catalogue.

The Observer

The Chicks’ first long player in 14 years ... doubles down on the band’s outspokenness and their lived experience.

The Arts Desk

There’s less kitsch cowgirl and more of a strong statement, of feminism and the future.

The Guardian

There’s more going on here than a name change: the band’s trademark country-pop-with-attitude is fuelled by stories of rage and psychological abuse.


Gaslighter itself is filled with tangled, contradictory emotions, a place where vulnerability signals strength, and this complexity conveys how the Chicks have opened up a new chapter in their career. They've left behind their original name, their old connections, their old genre, and are firmly focused on the future.

The former Dixie Chicks return with a sensational, bruised eighth album.
From bow to stern The Chicks take us on a musical boat ride, with infectious top lines you’ll be humming long after the album has ended – just make sure you don’t leave your tights.
Beats Per Minute
This is certainly the poppiest the band has ever sounded, and the album has a handful of trite or overly-cheesy moments, but these are easy to overlook when it all sounds this good, and when so many of Maines’ lyrics are this precise and honest.
The trio’s first album in 14 years is a genuinely compelling new take on the punchy country sound that’s always made them stand out. But its links between the personal and the political are foggy.
The Chicks deliver some classic songs that honour their past while showing an appetite for new ideas.
The Sydney Morning Herald
To be fair, we get excellent pop hooks and singalong choruses out of it, but the ill-contained rage and intimate details start to make the pain more self-indulgent than universal.
Rolling Stone
The trio’s first album in nearly 15 years is their most pop-sounding yet, and their most honest.

While their refusal to pander to the political expectations of mainstream country is commendable, they could afford to take more liberties with the musical cliches thereof: listening to Gaslighter is a bit like eating 12 courses of dessert.

Their first album as The Chicks and in nearly fifteen years at that, these three country titans come together for an album where they have as much to say as they virtually always have. They translate emotion through southern storytelling and Maines utilizing her powerful voice for the message at hand.

If the main singles were any indication, these songs were going to be a story of vindication. Gaslighter and March March may be two of the best songs The Chicks have ever put out there, with one ... read more
After 30 years of being in the industry, The (Dixie) Chicks still knows how to deliver enjoyable and melodious vocal harmonies. While deviating more from country and leaning more on pop, their sound is still polished. The opening track "Gaslighter" is arguably the best track there is in the album, although the remaining tracks are no slouch either. The pop sensibilities are subtle but sensible. Accompanied with the cohesive structure, the album is enjoyable end to end. The Chicks ... read more
Sabe-se que términos de relacionamentos costumam render álbuns completamente majestosos, como os clássicos discos de Adele, o impecável "Vulnicura" de Björk e "MAGDALENE" de FKA twigs, uma obra fascinante. Com o grupo "The Chicks" não poderia ser diferente, após um hiato de quase 15 anos, as veteranas do country retornam em grande estilo, para sem esforços, restabelecer seu triunfo.

"Gaslighter" ... read more
The Chicks’ eighth studio album, their first release in fourteen years, is proof that powerful lyricism and emotional depth still have a place in catchy country pop.

Assisted by acclaimed producer Jack Antonoff, The Chicks build a sound that strays apart from traditional country and gets occasionally experimental. Although not groundbreaking, it is still highly memorable and somewhat reminiscent of Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour. Also, Natalie Maines’ vocals shine in every ... read more
For better and for worse, country music is a genre that heavily relies on the status quo. Although the music itself has changed, from a lyrical or thematic perspective, there has not been many examples of country music that have urged societal change or pushed society to move forward, at least compared to hip hop or pop. Contrarily, the country band The Chicks, formerly known as The Dixie Chicks, has always been best described by the words fearless and rebellious. The most memorable example of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Gaslighter
  2. Sleep at Night
  3. Texas Man
  4. Everybody Loves You
  5. For Her
  6. March March
  7. My Best Friend's Weddings
  8. Tights On My Boat
  9. Julianna Calm Down
  10. Young Man
  11. Hope It's Something Good
  12. Set Me Free
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Added on: November 21, 2019