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EW rates covers of Fleetwood Mac's ''Landslide.'' The Dixie Chicks -- who brought the song to the country AND to the top 10 -- aren't the only act to take a stab at the soft-rock classic

Emily Robison, Dixie Chicks, ... | WHISTLIN' DIXIE The Chicks are a bit too perky on their ''Landslide'' version
WHISTLIN' DIXIE The Chicks are a bit too perky on their ''Landslide'' version

EW rates covers of Fleetwood Mac's ''Landslide''

With the Dixie Chicks' take on Fleetwood Mac's ''Landslide'' lodged in the top 10, we decided to round up other renditions of the soft-rock classic. Which versions ''rise above'' and which belong in a landfill? Or, to paraphrase Stevie Nicks, ''Oh, mirror in the sky, what is a good cover?''

DIXIE CHICKS
Appears on
2002's ''Home''
How much it nicks from Nicks Slick and twangy, it has little in common with Stevie's understated ballad.
Best reason to listen to it instead of the original Three pretty voices are better than one. Plus...fiddles!
Best reason not to The original's introspective mood is lost in the Chicks' cheerful interpretation.
Artists' random David E. Kelley connection ''Ally McBeal'''s Jane Krakowski appeared in their ''Goodbye Earl'' video.
Grade B-

JOEY McINTYRE
Appears on
2002's ''One Too Many: Live From New York''
How much it nicks from Nicks Despite his heartfelt delivery, there's no confusing Joe Mac with the Mac.
Best reason to listen to it instead of the original Those girls in the audience are woo-hooing about SOMETHING.
Best reason not to It devolves into a sing-along of Cyndi Lauper's ''Time After Time.''
Artist's random David E. Kelley connection He's the new kid in the teachers' lounge on ''Boston Public.''
Grade C+

VENICE
Appears on
1999's ''Spin Art''
How much it nicks from Nicks Their low-key, SoCal vibe is so in keeping with the spirit of the Mac classic, Nicks has been known to join them on stage.
Best reason to listen to it instead of the original Outstanding four-part harmonies.
Best reason not to Their earnest mellow-rock sound can get a little cheeseball.
Artists' random David E. Kelley connection Vonda Shepard covered two Venice songs on ''Ally.''
Grade B-

SMASHING PUMPKINS
Appears on
1994's ''Pisces Iscariot''; 2001's ''Greatest Hits''
How much it nicks from Nicks Gravel-voiced Billy Corgan channels his inner Stevie.
Best reason to listen to it instead of the original It'll make you nostalgic for navel-gazing early-'90s alt-rock.
Best reason not to It'll make you wonder if navel-gazing '70s classic rock was better.
Artists' random David E. Kelley connection Ex-Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy could be Portia de Rossi's long-lost twin.
Grade A-

Originally posted Feb 04, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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