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Released: January 27, 1998

Rating: 4.563 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: country

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Album Tracks:

  1. I Can Love You Better
  2. Wide Open Spaces
  3. Loving Arms
  4. There’s Your Trouble
  5. You Were Mine
  6. Never Say Die
  7. Tonight the Heartache’s on Me
  8. Let ‘Er Rip
  9. Once You’ve Loved Somebody
  10. I’ll Take Care of You
  11. Am I the Only One Who’s Ever Felt This Way?
  12. Give It Up or Let Me Go


sales in U.S. only 12 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 60,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 14 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 29

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Can Love You Better (10/25/97) #77 US, #8 CW
  • There’s Your Trouble (4/11/98) #36 US, #26 UK, #1 CW
  • Wide Open Spaces (8/22/98) #33a US, #1 CW
  • You Were Mine (12/12/98) #20a US, #1 CW
  • Tonight the Heartache’s on Me (4/3/99) #34a US, #6 CW
  • Let ‘Er Rip (6/5/99) #64 CW


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Wide Open Spaces
Dixie Chicks
“When sisters Martie Seidel and Emily Erwin founded the Dixie Chicks in 1989, could they have possibly known the success that would someday be theirs? After three independent records and several lineup changes, the group was re-energized by new lead singer Natalie Maines and the support of a major label, and exploded onto the contemporary country scene with the release of Wide Open Spaces. As always, their strengths lie in their honey-sweet harmonies and superb musicianship, now topped off by the sassy power of Maines’ lead vocals” (McCartney).

“Apparently, they know how to pick songs as well, with I Can Love You Better, Wide Open Spaces, and There’s Your Trouble all breaking into the Top Ten” (McCartney) on the country charts. The latter two, along with You Were Mine, topped that chart, consequently “pushing album sales into the multi-platinum category” (McCartney).

Wide Open Spaces is a wonderful blend of traditional elements such as banjo, fiddle, and steel guitar and contemporary attitude, most notably a strong female perspective. As far as subject matter goes, they cover all the bases by tossing in a great honky tonk/bar/broken-heart song with Tonight the Heartache’s on Me, several touching ballads, including I’ll Take Care of You, Loving Arms, and You Were Mine, and an in-your-face, unapologetic breakup anthem (Let ‘Er Rip)” (McCartney).

“When choosing tunes to cover, they tip their hat to some great, though perhaps surprising, women songwriters in Maria McKee and Bonnie Raitt with the last two tracks on the record” (McCartney).

“The charm and talent of the Dixie Chicks earned them well-deserved popularity across genre borders, and rightly so. Wide Open Spaces is a highly enjoyable listen” (McCartney).

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Previous Album: Shouldn’t a Told You That (1993) Next Album: Fly (1999)

Last updated April 18, 2008.