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Natalie Maines, ‘Mother’

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 to music is a quiet triumph. For the most part she has flown the Chicks’ country coop for this solo debut, which is a well-curated mostly covers affair. 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.” There are offbeat tracks including an epic take of Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”and a hushed rendition of the Pink Floyd song that gives the album its name. Several original tracks, some written with co-producer Ben Harper also dot the album including the tasty Chicks leftover, “Come Cryin’ to Me.” (Out now) SARAH RODMAN