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5.0 out of 5 stars This might just steal your heart away!, 18 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Say You Will [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)
Without Christine McVie, nobody expected an album as good as this. How can an album with only 2 out of 3 of the incredible songwriters even come CLOSE to their late '70s peak I hear you ask. Well, amazingly enough, it DOES. Of the three. Buckingham is clearly the least dispensable as was proved by post Tango material, but here it would appear that Buckingham and Nicks have RISEN to the challenge and produced an album which is better than anything since Tusk! And that's saying something, because Mirage and Tango both have their moments....but this album is altogether more intense and rewarding in terms of emotion and superior in terms of songwriting....there is not much going through the motions here, least of all from Buckingham...ALL his songs are utterly captivating....in particular 'Peacekeeper' which is is up there with his best ever songs, and when you think that period covers 20 odd years that is TRULY impressive!! Steal Your Heart Away is just PERFECT, Bleed To Love Her, although not a new song is wonderful all the same...EVEN the minor songs of his such as Red Rover and Miranda are in the context of this album utterly brilliant. No one, including ANYONE, can play the acoustic guitar like Lindsey Buckingham can. Stevie Nicks produces several captivating songs, although it must be said they achieve a lot of their quality is due to Mr Lindsey Buckingham....again. Nicks' solo career had a few bright moments, but for the most part was CRYING out Lindsey's arrangments. He may not be her lover anymore but he sure as hell brings out the best in her. This album would have been a double album in the old days but in THIS case, it might have been appropriate to apply the George Martin tactic and reduce the length somewhat to produce a flawless single album..(not valid re the Beatles' White Album George when you were SO wrong), but at the end of the day I'm not complaining, in fact I'm probably sounding like one of those "While Album should have been a single album Saddos". In truth, this is a fanatastic return to form and I am ETERNALLY grateful. Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John...you have surpassed ALL expectations and produced an album which is up there with mid-late 70s Fleetwood Mac. Not a minor compliment when you think about the qualty of Fleetwood Mac (1975), Rumours (1977)and Tusk (1979). That's how how good this Return To Form was. Thank you Fleetwood Mac, you still have the Gold Dust as far as I'm concerned.
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