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The Mac is Back.... and how!!!
on 8 May 2013
Four new songs after ten years may seem like Fleetwood Mac are underserving their enormous fanbase, but even if quantity might be on the low side, the quality is up there with the very best of their career, and this is a great way to test the water for a full-length album which will hopefully be in the works.
Opener 'Sad Angel' finds Lindsey Buckingham at his most energetically tuneful since 'Tango in the Night', with a jangling verse that leads to an instantly sing-along chorus full of the hooks the band are so famous for. Sophisticated harmonies the way only Stevie Nicks can deliver them make this a classic addition to their canon, and as lead single could do very well indeed with enough radio play.
'Without You' is a rediscovered Stevie Nicks penned track from the Buckingham-Nicks days, and is probably the highlight of this e.p. with its restrained guitars and sublime harmonies. The lyrics are very moving indeed and it's a testament to the enduring musical, as well as romantic, relationship between Buckingham and Nicks that they should have come full circle after 40 years to produce this kind of magic.
'It Takes Time' is a real surpriser as we find Lindsey Buckingham crooning a beautiful piano ballad, an FM sound that would normally be attributed to the long-departed Christine McVie. For all its gentleness and fragility though this has a male energy to it that stops it from becoming a mere homage to the McVie sound and is a fascinating new departure for Buckingham on a Mac release.
The closer 'Miss Fantasy' finds Buckingham once more in mid-tempo pop mode with another killer chorus, but with Nicks harmonies much further in the background, which is a shame as with more Nicks sound this could have been as great as 'Sad Angel'. It's a great track, nevertheless, and brings the e.p. full circle through its mixture of sounds.
All in all this e.p. is characterised by being very much a Buckingham-led affair, and whilst all the offerings here are fantastic, it would have been nice to have heard more from Nicks, not just in the writing credits, but also in the mixes. Still, this bodes extremely well for the continued output of this band who, on this evidence, certainly have many more musical chapters to write.