Although I'm a long-time Stevie fan, Stevie's best work has always genrally been with Fleetwood Mac, where she had the production genius of Lindsey Buckingham to give her songs the eclectic treatment they required. In comparison, her solo-albums to me have always sounded under-produced and her vocals under-rehearsed (there have been some excellent solo songs). Stevie's vocal problems have also been a source of concern. Trouble in Shangri-La is the solo album I've been waiting for, a reaffimation of everything that is great about Stevie, great melodies, poetic lyrics and distinctive vocals. Stevie's voice is deeper than it was, but it remains completely distinctive and effective and she shows the kind of range and energy that she hasn't shown in years.
There are a number of excellent songs - personal favourites being the hard-rock of "Fall from Grace", the heartbreaking ballad "Love Is", the pop of "Love Changes" and long-time Stevie fans will be glad to hear that Stevie's trademark mysticism remains intact on "Candlebright" and "Sorceror".
A real treat, and my favourite album of the year.