Music Review: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (self-titled)

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Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
East West Records / Atlantic
Release Date: June 9, 2017

Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie Album Review

Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie

In the best way, this album is just what you’d expect: It’s latterday Fleetwood Mac album without Stevie Nicks. Certainly the dominant sound here is that of Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar and studious production. While nothing here is as striking as this duo’s early collaborations like “World Turning” (notably, “Too Far Gone” does reference that classic a bit with its guitar line), nevertheless, the same dynamic comes through: McVie’s gentle melodies are toughened by Buckingham’s edginess; Buckingham’s self-indulgence is tempered by McVie’s softness. This is a great thing, and it’s one of the reasons why Fleetwood Mac was one of the best bands of all time.

Do we miss the added spirituality and pomp that Stevie Nicks could have brought? Sure. But that doesn’t make this album lacking or incomplete. It just means (like on the Say You Will album) that we’re getting music made by this particular combination of people. I love Buckingham’s work with the band as well as his solo work, and this is somewhere in between. From the first song on Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie “Sleeping Around the Corner” to its last, “Carnival Begin,” this album is just what I thought it would be, great musicianship and songwriting, warm, inviting songs made by people who genuinely care for each other and believe in the power of music.

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Brandon Smith is an author and musician in Philadelphia. His most recent work is the illustrated children’s book, Cheer Up, Grandpa. He is the Director of Publisher Services at Scribe Inc., producing books that cover a range of topics including fiction, sports, religion, cooking, and academic studies.