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Dixie Chicks Return with First New Music in 14 Years, "Gaslighter"

"Gaslighter" is a return to form for the country trio.

Philippa Price

The Dixie Chicks are back, sharing the lead single from their first album in 14 years.

In 2006, the iconic country trio of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire turned their anger into their biggest hit to date—and they're still not ready to back down. Today, the Dixie Chicks make a welcome return with "Gaslighter," the title track from their forthcoming comeback album.

"Gaslighter" holds no prisoners, spelling out a spouse's habitual lies. In true Chicks fashion, the lyrics lean on real-life occurrences: "We moved to California and we followed your dreams / I believed in the promises you made to me / Swore that night 'til death do us part / But you lie, lie, lie, lie, lied," Maines sings. By the arrival of the chorus, the subtle bluegrassy tune erupts into a full-blown barnburner, with the work of coveted producer Jack Antonoff giving the song a full, layered effect. "You're such a gaslighter / Denier," the band sings in unison. "Repeating all of the mistakes of your father...You're sorry but where's my apology?"

"Gaslighter" is a return to form for one of country's most resilient artists.

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Get in to Lena Stone's 'Personal Space'

The pop-country singer is beginning her year by opening up.

Photo by Logen Christopher

Lena Stone is a singer-songwriter who knows how to let you in.

Her production style is fun and unpretentious, her vocal quality is easy and welcoming, and her lyrics make you feel like you're old friends catching up. Over the last few years, she's been steadily releasing quality material and courting favor in the pop-country community. Her past offerings have been strong, setting her up for a 2020 where the wider world will celebrate her the way she deserves. That celebration is geared to begin with her latest single, "Personal Space."

As a lightly fuzzed guitar is plucked in a staccato rhythm, layered against scattered drums and claps, Stone starts to share details of her life; uncomfortable truths, odd quirks, and intimate secrets. Then the chorus hits, and the meter changes, moving to a soothing new plane. Lyrically, Stone invites the subject of her song into her personal space, letting them witness the tapestry of who she is.

As the song progresses, we see a picture of closeness unfold that's fun and relatable, all cuddling on the couch in baggy sweatshirts. It's the kind of love that most of us can reasonably aspire to, free from the glitzed up glamor of Hollywood romance.

"Personal Space" is joyous and comforting, like a warm blanket on a chilly day. Ultimately, the song is about intimacy, and most importantly, it expresses the wonderful feeling of finding someone who you don't mind letting in—the kind of person who you want to see you without makeup, defense, or pretense. It's about the power of vulnerability between two people who value each other. Add it to your Valentine's Day playlist, play it for your special person, and watch the sparks start to fly.

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