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Soaring creatively just as it's bound to skyrocket commercially, the Dixie Chicks' FLY is aptly dubbed. The songs center on the twin themes of being swept away by love and being swept out by love gone awry, and the Chicks, especially lead singer Natalie Maines, tell it like they've been there more than once. Gripping arrangements, impassioned musicianship from some of Nashville's finest, and more than a few surprises make FLY live up to the buzz. Check out "Don't Waste Your Heart," a traditional honky-tonk weeper by Maines and fellow Chick Emily Robison, in which the female protagonist warns her man that she -- not him -- is the faithless type. Or the breakneck "Sin Wagon," another Chicks' original, in which Maines dumps her inconsiderate beau and vows to do "a little mattress dancin'." Matraca Berg, Jim Lauderdale, and Dennis Linde pitch in with literate, big-hearted songs. The album ends on a provocative note, with Maines searing Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly," while Robison and Martie Seidel harmonize softly behind her and Adam Steinberg summons a desolate ambiance with some evocative slide guitar. It's quite a journey, this FLY, and with it the Dixie Chicks demand to be taken seriously as artists by bringing music of substance as well as style back to the country mainstream.