Natalie Maines, ‘Mother’

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The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks has been out of the spotlight since she and her bandmates, sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, swept the Grammys in 2007 with their superb album “Taking the Long Way.” While Maguire and Robison released their side project the Court Yard Hounds in 2010, Maines mostly receded into family life.

Her return is a quiet triumph.

While it is mostly a covers affair, it is not a typical covers album. Maines curates the set carefully. There are the less well-known songs written by friends like Eddie Vedder’s winsome “Without You,” a down-and-dirty take on Patty Griffin’s “Silver Bell,” and singer-songwriter Dan Wilson’s burbling pop gem “Free Life.” There are offbeat tracks she simply loves including a Jeff Buckley track.

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