Fleetwood Mac
Rumours


4.5
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Review

by sadisticmonkey USER (8 Reviews)
January 15th, 2005 | 18 replies | 6,626 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


1 of 3 thought this review was well written

#25 on Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums of all time...

Released in 1977. "Rumours" may is considered one of the best selling rock albums of all times. Many consider it Fleetwood Mac's defining moment in rock history.

Second Hand News - 9/10
A rocking pop song about being someone's number two. Catchy chorus and slick harmonies. Good acoustic bits here and there.

Dreams - 10/10
One of the most soulful and seductive sounding songs to come out of rock and roll. Oddly enough, this was Fleetwood Mac's ONLY #1 hit. Pretty much a song about love fading over time, and realizing that dreams can be shattered. Very touching song.

Never Going Back - 9/10
Very nifty acoustic song. You'll hear it one the radio every once and a while. This song was supposedly written about life after a bad breakup. A song about life after love. Very positive song. Again, the acoustic guitar is brilliant.

Don't Stop - 9/10
One of the more radio friendly songs from Fleetwood Mac. Very catchy that fits in with a trilogy of breakup songs (Dreams, Go Your Own Way) from this album. Upbeat, 6/8 timing provides us with a classic pop song. "Don't Stop....Thinkin' About Tomorrow....." :p

Go Your Own Way - 8/10
The most grossly overplayed Fleetwood Mac track. Written by Lindsey Buckingham about his feelings towards his breakup with band-mate Stevie Knicks. It has it's uber catchy chorus and some cool guitar parts, but due to its overplaying on the radio, it loses its appeal after a while.

Songbird - 10/10
The best song on this album. Piano and Christine's vocals flood through the speakers and into your heart. This song is believed to be about lovers and friends. Almost like a prayer to keep everyone safe from pain. One of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.

The Chain - 10/10
Second best song on the album. This is a song about bitter feelings between old flames. "If you don't love me now, then you'll never love me again" gives this song a hurt, angry and selfish feeling to it. A cool rocker with some country flavour thrown in to the mix.

You Make Loving Fun - 9/10
This song is sassy. Their fourth single from the album, sings about coming out of your broken heart and finding love once again. A nice pop song that shows us that we are indeed heading into the 1980's. Nice funky keyboard in this track.

I Don't Wanna Know - 7/10
Not the best song off the LP, but a catchy little ditty nonetheless. Probably the least known track off the hit riddled album. Has its moments, as it reminds me allot of a 50's or 60's pop hit (Everley Brothers, The Hollies etc...). Got some nice acoustic bits, but nothing to write home about.

Oh Daddy - 9/10
The most haunting song from the album. Christine sings her heart out about the "Daddy" character refusing her love, yet controlling her like a puppet. Very nice sounding song, acoustic guitar and synth work are very eerie. Nice agressive percussion is also to be heard.

Gold Dust Woman - 7/10
One of Stevie Nicks more popular tracks. Meaning behind the song remains a mystery to mostly everyone (even the band). Softly, acoustic guitar and obscure lyrics finish off the album "Rumours". Not a great song, but a cult favorite.

Reviewers Picks
Dreams
Songbird
The Chain
You Make Loving Fun

Overall Rating - 9/10

This is a classic album for sure. Regardless of its over saturation on the radio waves, Fleetwood Mac delivers one of the most emotional albums. Full of heartache and new hope, this album was written amongst great tension between band members but proved to be their most successful. And as history has proven, tension and miserable working conditions usually bring out the best of bands (Beatles being a big example). This cd is rather affordable if you just want the regular edition. I suggest Pop/Rock fans go pick it up.



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SubtleDagger
August 14th 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=sadisticmonkey]Meaning behind the song remains a mystery to mostly everyone (even the band).[/QUOTE]
Are you serious? Everyone knows "Gold Dust Woman" is about PCP ("angel dust"). The band's admitted to it.

Anyway, good album, good review.

sadisticmonkey
August 14th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]Are you serious? Everyone knows "Gold Dust Woman" is about PCP ("angel dust"). The band's admitted to it.

Anyway, good album, good review.[/QUOTE]

well every song was about drugs...but Stevie Nicks said she'd didn't want to give away all the secrets to the song...

I think there is more to it than PCP

Iai
Emeritus
August 15th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I've been meaning to review this for a while. Why didn't you mention all the extra-marital affairs, break-ups, and flings that went on inamongst the group while making this album? All that's key to understanding what the album's about, and how hard it must have been. Like, You Make Loving Fun, was written by one of the women in the band about her getting together with one of the guys in the band. Meanwhile, backing vocals for the song were provided by the man she just dumped - also a member of the band. Wierd, but once you know that it gives the song so much more meaning, and makes listening to it a much more interesting experience.

Otherwise, good review. Go Your Own Way never gets old, though. Perfect song for the open road.

Edit - I know you alluded to it, but I really feel it needed greater detail.

sadisticmonkey
August 15th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=Iai] Edit - I know you alluded to it, but I really feel it needed greater detail.[/QUOTE]

Yeah I could have gone into more depth about the band relationship problems

ZEROthirtythree
August 15th 2004



234 Comments


Good review. I have this album on vinyl

Bigbadbob
September 15th 2004



16 Comments


UGH...in my opinion this is one of the worst bands of all time....all time. Horrible writing, vocals, guitar everything.

FIGPASTE
September 29th 2004



2 Comments


Hey Stevie Nicks is Hot

Rock_Bassist
August 3rd 2005



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album. One of my favorites

kerazay
March 15th 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah Stevie Nicks is hot! This album is one of my all time favourites, my favourite tracks being Gold Dust Woman, Never Going Back Again, Songbird and The Chain-which, i recently found out, was actually composed by Stevie but was credited to the entire band. I'm sure all you hardcore Mac fans knew that already but I've only been listening to them since the start of this year, forgive my ignorance! :P

Kyle71
March 16th 2006



19 Comments


I love this album!

MidnightRider
March 19th 2006



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, Dreams is great. And Stevie Nicks is pretty hot.

metallicaman8
April 26th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bigbadbob, I would like to see you try and write a song with more perfectly harmonized finger-picking than "Never Going Back Again". Also i would like you to back up your opinion. you can't just say their horrible give some reasons as to why you feel that way.


Patrick
June 1st 2006



1891 Comments


How are Gold Dust Woman and Go Your Own Way not tens?? By the way I've seen Stevie Nicks on the making of rumours dvd say that GDW was about cocaine.

Like, You Make Loving Fun, was written by one of the women in the band about her getting together with one of the guys in the band. Meanwhile, backing vocals for the song were provided by the man she just dumped - also a member of the band.
this isn't true because on that dvd christine says that it was written about a roadie or something like that that she fell in love with and the backing vocals are done by stevie nicks, not John mcvie!This Message Edited On 06.01.06This Message Edited On 08.11.06

Rocksta71
June 26th 2006



1023 Comments


I think christine McVie is hotter. Epic of an album, one of my favourites for sure.

Rams
July 2nd 2006



31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

From a blues-rock band to a sappy pop-rock group. Terrible.

xmattxhardcore
March 8th 2008



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an amazing album, it deserves so much more credit than it gets.This Message Edited On 03.08.08

TheDavey
March 10th 2008



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this record...a great listen from front to back.

One thing though...Don't Stop is NOT in 6/8 time. It's in a Bluesy 4/4.

JerryStevens
March 27th 2008



4 Comments


A must read for this is 'Fleetwood' by Mic Fleetwood of course!! Granted the transition from a 'Chicago based blues sound' to Pop my leave a few people cold that were fans of the original band. However you cannot deny the success of the Buckingham - Nicks - Christine Mc Vie (ie. Christine Perfect - Kiln House) team writing songs that are popular, still have a huge fan base and MADE THEM MONEY!!!!

Jerry



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