Away from Fleetwood Mac, singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks has never really recorded a bad solo album, and her fourth, 1989's 'Other Side Of the Mirror', loosely based around the theme of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (loosely - because there are still many references to contemporary events in the songs), is a particularly strong record, though not quite levelling up to her masterpiece 'Bella Donna' in terms of consistent brilliance. It is however, my second favourite after her aforementioned debut.
'Rooms On Fire' is not only the album's excellent opening song, it's her only top 20 hit in the UK (though she has had eight major hit singles in the US), and the first one to introduce me to the power and passion of Stevie's voice, I loved it instantly, and became an instant fan.
The production by experienced record producer Rupert Hine does sometimes sound a little bit cheesy now, but always unmistakably that of the 1980s, and it's Stevie's voice which is the main attraction anyway. 'The Other Side of the Mirror' contains some real gems, including the already noted 'Rooms On Fire', as well 'Whole Lotta Trouble', 'Long Way to Go', 'Doing the Best I Can', which displays some of the most beautiful lyrics here, and 'Two Kinds of Love', a sensational duet with Bruce 'The Way It Is' Hornsby, which are more than enough to make this album a hot purchase alone. There are some sub-standard tracks towards the end which sound do like filler, but it's still good filler.
Here we have an album which is essentially rock music, but with pop elements sprinkled throughout. Stevie's songwriting wasn't at a peak, but she was still able to deliver a mostly stellar offering with 'Other Side of the Mirror'.