Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
July 12th, 2010 | 16 replies | 7,499 views


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Outside of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks proves her formidable qualities as a singer and songwriter.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Much had happened within Fleetwood Mac within and after the recording of Rumours, and after their next release Tusk, some members had took their chances to embark on a solo career. Lindsey Buckingham released his debut Law and Order in '81, and also Stevie Nicks released her first solo record in this year: the very successful Bella Donna, selling over four million copies and spawning four hit singles.

Now, Nicks was always the most interesting member in the popular Fleetwood Mac quintet. She had the looks, the voice, and the skills. As such, it is no surprise that her first solo release manages to stand perfectly on its own. Penning most of the material herself, Nicks also collaborates with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and The Eagles' Don Henley (who she was in a relationship with for a while). Creating two of the four singles with them, she obviously had a little help launching her career.

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around is the most rockin' song on the album, something which is a logic result of the presence of the Heartbreakers, and the harmonisation between Nicks' and Petty's voice works very well. Leather and Lace, on the other hand, is a sensitive love duet, that thankfully doesn't collapse under cliché lyrics like many of its contemporaries from the decade. Nicks is as powerful as always, and rightly carries most of the track (which she wrote entirely by herself). Henley's voice is an effective addition, although it can come across as somewhat irritating by some, but as said, Nicks is the woman in charge here.

And that is what she remains throughout the rest of the album. Nicks once again proves her sheer qualities as an independant musician with the eight other excellent tracks. The E Street Band's Roy Bittan steps in to accompany her on piano on the opening title track, her backing vocalists Lori Perry and Sharon Celani give Edge of Seventeen that extra powerful edge during the chorus, and there's a variety of other guests offering kind support, but as it should be, Stevie is most capable of making this album great on her own strength. Her vocals are always top-notch, her songwriting is never flawed. Fans of Fleetwood Mac and particulary Nicks' work in the group would do well to give this a bit of their time if they haven't already, for it's certainly worth it.

Essential Listening:

Bella Donna
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Edge of Seventeen
Leather and Lace




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Nagrarok
July 12th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I decided to do this one in between Tusk and Mirage, as it seems bitterly overlooked with only 10 ratings.

ShadowRemains
July 12th 2010



20504 Comments


good review yadayadayada

Nagrarok
July 12th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you yadayadayada


ShadowRemains
July 12th 2010



20504 Comments


Reviews 147
Approval 99%


that pretty much says it all...

Nagrarok
July 12th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm rather proud of it.

Also, I don't think I ever mentioned how much win your avatar is.

LepreCon
July 12th 2010



3875 Comments


Should thank you for reviewing this, Stevie needs a lot more love here on this site. Any special plans for review #150?

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Nagrarok
July 12th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Should thank you for reviewing this, Stevie needs a lot more love here on this site.


Then rate the album, damnit!

Any special plans for review #150?


Not yet, actually. Jared asked me about it as well. Oh, the pressure!

Suggestions are welcome.



LepreCon
July 12th 2010



3875 Comments


In good time my friend, I had my ratings all deleted and I'm working my way back through them, though I still have a way to go before I get to Stevie =/

EVedder27
July 12th 2010



6088 Comments


Pos'd as usual. You'll be happy to know that my download for Rumors just finished so I'll be spinning that asap

Nagrarok
July 12th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good, good. I hope you'll grow to enjoy it as much as I do. Or almost as much.

Jethro42
July 12th 2010



12390 Comments


Steviiiiie Baby!!! Just like a white winged dove, sing a song, sounds like she's singing Ooo Baby Ooo, Babe Ooo
'Stop draggin' my heart around', 'Edge of 17' and 'Leather and lace' are all aces.
edit: I'll listen to the other songs before rating. Should be around 4/5.

scissorlocked
July 13th 2010



3509 Comments


Nagrarok should be the most punctual reviewer in sputnik

Nag on!!!Good review

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BigHans
July 13th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My love for Stevie will never die. Great job Nag.

dylantheairplane
September 30th 2010



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Edge of Seventeen is probably one of my favorite songs of all time

ViperAces
November 26th 2012



12393 Comments


A BOY IS BORN
IN HARD ROCK MISSISSIPI

manosg
September 17th 2013



5892 Comments


JUST LIKE THE WHITE WINGED DOVE
SINGS A SONG
SOUNDS LIKE SHE'S SINGING

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