I bought the new album by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie this week. You may wonder why I refer to 4/5th’s of Fleetwood Mac if the album is by only two members? Well, because, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie provide the percussion and bass on the album The only member of Fleetwood Mac absent is Stevie Nicks.
Personally, I think Stevie made a huge mistake, because this is an excellent 10 song set that reawakens many of the best sounds of Fleetwood Mac, while offering toe-tapping and head-banging beats. It is amazing how 4/5’s of one of the greatest bands of all time can release an album 40 years later that blows most music by full bands (past and present) right out of the water.
The minute they launch into the chorus of the opening track, “Sleeping Round the Corner,” you’d swear it was the late 70’s or early 80’s and Fleetwood Mac was at the top of their game. This sense of deja vu continues throughout the new album. I keep revising my order of favorite songs, but here’s the latest compilation (subject to change the more I listen to the album):
- “Lay Down for Free” – love this song, though I would have preferred a guitar solo at the end
- “Sleeping Round the Corner” – very catchy tune
- “In My World”
- “Red Sun”
- “Love is Here to Stay”
- “Carnival Begin” – wicked guitar solo at the conclusion
- “Game of Pretend” – lovely vocals by Christine
- “Feel About You”
Check out the new 4/5’s Fleetwood Mac album on iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, or elsewhere. Is it groundbreaking? No, but it sure is helluva lot of fun!