Fleetwood Mac
Say You Will


4.0
excellent

Review

by kerazay USER (6 Reviews)
May 20th, 2006 | 13 replies | 8,416 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


As a big Mac fan (see what I did there?! ha ha I'm hilarious...) I had a few doubts about this 2003 outing. Why? Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were missing s link in the chain-Christine McVie. After taking her retirement from the band after The Dance tour in 1997, I didn't think the rest of the band would record another album without her. But here they were, recording a fresh set of tracks in 2002 for their first outing minus Ms McVie. And I think they did pretty well. 18 tracks fitted onto the CD, nine by Nicks and nine by Buckingham.

Although Christine's absence is felt, Buckingham and Nicks manage well with just each other. Buckingham's "Red Rover," demonstrates his skill with a guitar-minus plectrums, as always-as does the excellent and extremely sweet "Say Goodbye." Buckingham's versatility as a writer comes through in his songs on this album, which range from the dark toned "Come," to the bittersweet "Bleed To Love," (which was actually recorded in 1997 when Christine was still with the band-and it is one of my favourite songs on the album, and a reason for this is due to the presence of her vocals). Another strong song of Lindsey's is the opening track of the album, "What's The World Coming To." Both he and Nicks penned tracks which could be seen as their reflection on the world after 9/11, and the title of this song gives away its meaning.

As usual Stevie Nicks' has her poetic imagery running through all of the tracks on this album. Although the title track, Say You Will, does not hold a lot of this it is still a great piece of work. "Illume (9/11)," her first song on the album, brings the listener back into the world of the infamous gypsy poet herself. However her stand out pieces on the album would have to be Smile At You and Running Through The Garden, which are worth comparing with her classic Fleetwood Mac songs. Nicks's trademark husky vocals soar over Lindsey's guitar picking in "Smile At You," "Thrown Down," and the beautiful "Goodbye Baby," at the very end of the album.

Lindsey and Christine's vocals had complimented each other so well on past Mac records so their duetting was a feature that I missed here. McVie had a tendency to write uplifting songs that fitted in perfectly with Stevie and Lindsey's more melancholy songs. Seeing as Nicks and Buckingham were always two extreme artists writing on many problems (Lindsey's feelings came through in his playing, Stevie's in her sometimes cryptic and confusing lyrics) Christine McVie stood as a key link between the two and somehow without her keyboards and vocals, the Mac just wasn't the same on this album as before.

That being said, Say You Will is still an excellent album showing Buckingham, Nicks, Fleetwood and McVie at their best. The voices of the two singers aren't what they used to be but they still hold well under the test of time. And the legendary rhythm section that is Mick Fleetwood and John McVie doesn't let down on his record either. An excellent album with tracks that could easily join their predecessors in the group of classic Fleetwood Mac, the only thing I have left so say is-Christine McVie you are deeply missed so please come back!!!



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Neoteric
May 20th 2006



3243 Comments


Nice pun. Okay review.

Honeymoon_Croon
May 20th 2006



297 Comments


Not a bad review
Liked the pun
Disagree with the rating a little bit. The album does have highlights, but I don't think it's a 4

kerazay
May 21st 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ha ha the pun seems to be getting a better reception than the review! Heh heh!!!

Patrick
May 21st 2006



1891 Comments


Other than Rumours this is my favorite of my very favorite band...I'd still be listening to rap if this didn't come out while I was in fifth grade. My favorites are bleed to love her and say goodbye.

kerazay
May 22nd 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your very favourite band... Mine too... the Mac are the shit!

Patrick
June 23rd 2006



1891 Comments


you're a little biased towards Christine, as I am not.

kerazay
August 24th 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not biased towards her. It's just that her absence is definitely felt.

kerazay
September 20th 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

btw patrick... loving the avatar!

Patrick
September 20th 2006



1891 Comments


I might review this, but I'd shoot for a 4.5. That's how much I enjoy this. Running Through The Garden, Thrown Down, Peacekeeper, Say Goodbye, What's The World Coming To, Miranda, Bleed To Love Her etc....There's just so many unbelivably good songs here.

kerazay
October 1st 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thrown Down and Bleed To Love Her would probably be my favourites... but Goodbye Baby gets me very emotional!

kerazay
October 6th 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh my god I just went and gave this entire album a listen from start to finish, it's been a while since I had it on ya see, and wow I'm giving it a higher rating! It's amzing!

theamazingjamez
March 30th 2014



19 Comments


I grew up listening to the song "Say You Will"... then I sorta forgot about it for a while...
Then, recently, I listened to it again...Now I listen to it nearly every day.

FiveLeavesLeft
May 7th 2014



9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"As a big Mac fan (see what I did there?! ha ha I'm hilarious...)"

good lord



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