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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac


4.0
excellent

Review

by kerazay USER (6 Reviews)
May 24th, 2006 | 60 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist


After my review of the disastrous... well, that's slightly harsh, let's just say "very disappointing" Mirage, it gives me great pleasure to be reviewing 1975's Fleetwood Mac album. The band's debut with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks showed the world just what to expect from this new lineup. A superb album which mixed veterans with musicians relatively new to the mainstream music scene, this mixture provided the ingredients for what was to become a collection of classics.

Buckingham and Nicks' Californian influence is felt very much in the tracks. They bring the band from being a blues rock group to poprock, and it was a transformation for the better. Nick's "Landslide," is one of the best songs on the album, with its beautiful accoustic guitar and her seductive vocals gently floating over the melody. "Rhiannon," which went on to become one of the group's most popular songs, is a wildly mystical song about a Welsh witch, and this mysticism is felt with the guitar picking and quiet but pounding drum beat that makes its way through the whole song. The remake of her song "Crystal," which appeared first of all on their 1973 solo LP "Buckingham Nicks", with lead vocals handled by Lindsey is also a beautiful, touching piece with Nicks poetic lyrics really getting to the listener.

Christine McVie was able to come forth in this album and show what she was really made of, seeing as before it was mostly down to Bob Welch (the previous guitarist, whom Buckingham had replaced). Two of her songs on the album, "Over My Head," and "Say You Love Me," were major hits in the charts. Over My Head was the first tune ever of Fleetwood Mac's, in all lineups since the late 60s, to enter into the Top 40 of the mainstream US charts. However it's her collaboration with Lindsey Buckingham on "World Turning" that is her greatest achievement on the album. From the very beginning it's clear that these two are quite the master musical collaboration. Their vocals complement each other extremely well and so do their musical styles. Lindsey's steady guitar in "Over My Head," is one of the most memorable riffs on the album, second to that in "World Turning."

Lindsey's own tracks, including the lively "Monday Morning," which also appeared on "Buckingham Nicks," really stress the Californian influence he provides. But it's the final track on the album, "I'm So Afraid," that is his masterpiece. The angst ridden vocals and heavy chords and powerful solo at the end are all part of a work he had been trying to complete for many years. And when it's finished, it's one hell of a piece.

The famous rhythm section of the band, Mick Fleetwood on drums and bassist John McVie, prove why they are just so famous as a duo. Their perfectly timed rhythm on "Rhiannon." and their effortless collaboration on"I'm So Afraid," prove why these two are a rhythmic force to be reckoned with in the music world.

The addition of Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks was clearly a great move by the three Brits Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie. Going on to produce four more multi-million selling albums, this was the ultimate line up of an ever-changing band which has had the most enduring and long lasting influence. It's with albums such as this one that prove whether a band has staying power or not-and this and all the rest show just how much power there was, and still is, in Fleetwood Mac.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pulseczar
May 25th 2006


2385 Comments


Very good review.

kerazay
May 25th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you!

nag*with*a*gun
May 25th 2006


420 Comments


my sister's named rhiannon

kerazay
May 27th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol ok...

Patrick
May 27th 2006


1891 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this because I don't have the time. This is an absolute masterpiece. Thanks for giving the right credit for the song "I'm So Afraid" because that is the ultimate song that you just wish was two minutes longer.

kerazay
May 28th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the ultimate song where you wish Lindsey would keep that final solo going for ten minutes!

Patrick
May 28th 2006


1891 Comments


Yeah he keeps it going forever during concerts. It's pretty dang awesome.This Message Edited On 09.20.06

metallicaman8
May 30th 2006


4677 Comments


This album is astounding but I prefer Rumours

kerazay
May 31st 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was a great debut for the Buckingham Nicks era.

kerazay
September 20th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rhiannon's an absolute classic... but I prefer the live version with all her ad libbing... brilliant.

timbo8
June 11th 2009


630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album, but the last three tracks are weak

StrizzMatik
April 6th 2010


4023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh the version of I'm So Afraid on The Dance is so. fucking. good. Lindsey is such a ridiculously brilliant player

TheArchetype
June 10th 2011


35 Comments


Landslide is the best on the album, probably my favorite Fleetwood Mac song.

Parallels
July 19th 2011


9153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nooooo this is good stuff

random
August 4th 2011


2948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rhiannon is a classic song.

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skeames1214
April 4th 2013


3186 Comments


Awh damn. This is really good.

skeames1214
April 4th 2013


3186 Comments


Awh damn. This is really good.

skeames1214
April 4th 2013


3186 Comments


Awh damn. This is really good.

skeames1214
April 4th 2013


3186 Comments


I cannot figure out how to make this dumb website work for me.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2013


26705 Comments


gotta check this. I own rumours but haven't heard this one in its entirety.

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