Gift Of Screws CD
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For more then three decades, Lindsey Buckingham has had a reputation among millions of fans and countless fellow musicians as an honored and singular . . .
"Troublemaker?" he offers, with a mischievous laugh.
Well, it was going to be creative force and innovator, a mad scientist experimenter mixing passion and craft into a distinctive and affecting artistry. But troublemaker will do.
"The world needs more troublemakers," Buckingham says.
Troublemaker, mad scientist, whatever you see him as, Lindsey Buckingham is behind some of the most beloved and creative twists in modern popular music. And with Gift of Screws he has made the kind of trouble only he can, more than ever before bringing together the broad appeal he shown as the main force behind the sound of Fleetwood Mac since he joined the group in 1973 with the restless spirit of experimentalism he's shown both with such Mac landmarks as Rumours, Tusk and in his own visionary solo albums.
Gift of Screws is, in fact, a bracing and immediate result of 35 years of exploration and growth, made by an artist who has against the odds found new confidence and new abilities to express himself in ways at once challenging and accessible. Rarely have the full array of his talents and all aspects of his scope and sensibilities been integrated so thoroughly and winningly as on this album. In some ways it's a rocking complement to his last album, 2006's acoustic-focused Under the Skin, balancing such layered guitars-and-voice contemplations as "Time Precious Time" and "Bel Air Rain" with the seductive rush of the title song and the opener "Great Day." In some ways it's an extension of the renewal with his Fleetwood Mac legacy - Mick Fleetwood and John McVie provide the unmistakable foundation on several songs, including the embracing "Wait for You" and the gloriously mad title song. And linking the two are insightful examinations of love and belonging in "Love Runs Deeper" and the secure-yet-shadowed closing pair "Underground" and "Treason." Showcased throughout are Buckingham's noted virtuosity as a guitarist and producer, as well as his expressiveness as both a singer and writer.
Gift of Screws originally started life fifteen years ago as a Buckingham solo record until a Fleetwood Mac reunion intervened and the guitarist was persuaded to donate some material to their ensuing album, 2003's Say You Will. But currently on something of a roll after his deservedly acclaimed 2006 set Under the Skin, Buckingham has seen fit to revive the project. On the evidence of this fine record, largely played by Buckingham himself with the odd collaborator and often less than totally polished, his decision was correct. The frantic guitar runs of the opener "Great Day" turn a deceptively sunny song into something more sinister, while the dense and noisy acoustic arpeggios of "Time Precious Time" are downright eerie. The defiantly lovely "Did You Miss Me" works well in a stripped-down form. Mac fans will be pleased by "Wait for You" featuring the unmistakeable rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie and "The Right Place to Fade", which could be an outtake from their most successful era. The title track itself is a catchy two chord stomp reminiscent of REM at their most playful. Mastered so loudly that it leaps out of the speakers, even as its creator lovingly layers guitar parts and buries vocals in swathes of echo, Gift of Screws is oddly timeless yet undoubtedly contemporary. --Steve JelbertSee all Product description
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No doubt this is his best work since Out Of The Cradle, but i'd go further and say that this album has far more substance and depth than that record, and shows much maturity in song writing as against the more one-dimensional songs of Out Of The Cradle. Although the arrangements on Gift Of Screws have less space to breathe and delicacy to them. But that's more the intense style that LB's conjured up for this collection of songs.
As most media reviews around the world are reporting, this is a great record.
This is not an album for aspiring guitarists - what Lindsey Buckingham does, especially on track 2, will have you giving up in despair!
For me, Lindsey Buckingham can do no wrong.
What staggers me, is that after 35 years or so, he's still producing work of this quality when so many others have fallen by the wayside, or, are relying on past glories.
What's more, inspite of working within familiar "Mac" harmonic/structural frameworks, he's still able to make it sound so fresh, even when treading well worked progressions etc.
All the usual stuff is here, the intricate guitar work, the layered vocal textures, the holding of long notes vocally and instrumentally over changing harmonies, he's been doing this stuff since the "Buckingham/Nicks" album, but who cares?
No one else has done it so well and as he once said of Stevie Nicks when she was criticized for "only knowing 3 chords".."yes but they're the right 3 chords" and he has a bigger harmonic vocabulary than Stevie Nicks!
The guitar work is, as always, outstanding, so much so, that it always frustrates me as to why this man isn't spoken of with the sort of reverence normally reserved for the likes of Hendrix and Clapton.
Buckingham uses the guitar in so many innovative ways, but mostly in his, almost unique, ability to create songs using a variety of small and, on their own, seemingly insignificant, guitar motifs, which, when combined, create the sound, which is, unmistakenly, his own.
He never, IMO, sinks into the sort of self indulgence which you get from countless "guitar heros", resulting in his guitar solos being well thought out, planned and fitting to the needs of the song, which means that, although he can do the "fireworks" like the best of them, he's not afraid to sound "simplistic," as can be seen in many of his songs on previous solo efforts and with Fleetwood Mac, but is amply demonstrated on this album with the last two songs:
"Underground" & "Treason"
A number of these songs have been available for some time as "bootlegs" on the net, but I'm pleased to see that he's added some newer material which I'd not heard previously.
I can't find fault with any of the songs but I love particularly:
The explosiveness of "Love Runs Deeper"
The references to "Play In The Rain," from "Go Insane" which can be heard in "Bel Air Rain"..
The "son" of "Second Hand News," which is "The Right Place To Fade", though I'm a little mystified as to why it's not entitled "The Right Twist Of Fate," as it is on the "bootleg" versions!
All in all, this album has been more than worth the wait..and, having managed to see Fleetwood Mac for the first time ever a few years back, who were phenomenal and totally professional, this more than fills the gap between "Say You Will," and, hopefully their next effort, which will, hopefully, include Christine McVie.
If you're a Mac fan and are missing them, then I'd thoroughly recommend this!
Lindsey is up there with the guitarist gods, and he doesn't disappoint on Gift of Screws. There is a song for every mood on this album, moments of technical brilliance, and some standout tracks that make you wonder how they haven't come to mainstream attention (Did You Miss Me & Love Runs Deeper in particular).
But that's the story of Lindseys solo career - just Google his name and almost every hit includes the phrase 'under-rated', usually preceeded by superlatives such as 'much', 'severely' and even 'criminally'. This album just reinforces those verdicts.
'The Right Place To Fade' is pure Mac (but then again there is a Fleetwood on Drums and McVie on bass....)
The icing on the cake is the production and mastering of the album - it is a delight to the ears.
So, all I can do is urge you to shell-out and buy Gift of Screws - it's worth every penny and you will NOT be dissappointed.
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