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Pop/rock at its finest!,
This review is from: Tango In The Night (Audio CD)
If ever a band lived up to the adage " the same brush but it's had two new heads and a new shaft" then it's Fleetwood Mac, the late 60's Anglo blues men led by deity Peter Green. The band saw many line up changes, people were shed , people broke down, people joined cults and the band moved into the seventies acquiring a feminine touch in the exquisite Christine Mc Vie. The sound further evolved into West Coast American AOR with the joining of Lyndsey Buckingham and his then girlfriend Stevie Nicks. The late seventies saw the band become soap operatic with the Mc Vie and Buckingham-Nicks partnerships splintering, not to mention wily old Mick Fleetwood "comforting" Stevie Nicks. It's amazing that the band made any music not to mention the seminal "Rumours" which appeared to be all the better for this emotional broth.
1987's "Tango in the Night" introduced me to Fleetwood Mac. The album opener "Big Love" has some nice catchy spanish refrains. "seven wonders" is abit like "Bette Davis eyes" and "Always" is pure shining pop, this became a mega selling single in 1988 which caused a resurgence in the album's fortunes one year on."Caroline" is a pleasant pop song full of Arabic type singing but the absolute knock-out is the title track, a light accustic verse is propelled into a rockier chorus and a false ending takes us into the best Lyndsey Buckingham guitar solo since "the Chain" "Mystify" is polished shimmering pop as timeless and beautiful as an ABBA song,"Little Lies" is commercial pop but "Family Man" is pure Buckingham genius with delightful Flamenco guitar licks. "Isn't it Midnight?" is excellent "Welcome to the rome Sara" is all right " When I see you again is so heartfelt that it's embarrasing and" You and!" is delightfully quirky.
This album is a result of Buckingham's studio genius and was cobbled together from various sessions where the band recorded separately. He plasters over the cracks and somehow we have a united album.Pop meets spanish meets Rock meets country tinges.
This appears to be a very commercial album but has hidden depths and 19 years later I'm still listening to it and whilst there's eighties touches, it has still dated admirably. Check out the astonishing Spanish Guitar work out that is "Big Love" on "The Dance" album of 1998 where we realised that Fleetwood Mac weren't worth a stuff without Buckingham.