Rumours

So I’ve always lumped Fleetwood Mac together with Air Supply and Journey and all the other late seventies pop rock bands that were always on WFUN when I was a kid and mi madre was driving me around.  And although I’ve always been familiar with their radio hits, I’ve never really paid much attention to them.  And I still don’t.  But this blog is all about music appreciation, so I will try to find some things to appreciate about this album (although I certainly do not appreciate the image of the bolero balls hanging from Mick Fleetwood’s belt on the cover…gross dude).  This album is all about breakup songs, as apparently the McVie’s were getting divorced and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were splitting up, but the lyrics really don’t offer anything too insightful about the emotions involved in a break up.  It’s mostly of the “you made a mistake, I’ll find someone better” fare.  And actually, for songs about breakups, most of the music is rather upbeat and cheerful…maybe the folks in this band were actually glad to be getting rid of each other?

Anyway, the good parts are Stevie Nick’s voice (although she only sings lead on a couple of tracks: “Dreams” and “Gold Dust Woman”) and Lindsey Buckingham’s leads.  I also enjoy Christine McVie’s piano on “Songbird”, although I’m not fond of her keyboard work on the rest of the album.  “Don’t Stop” is still fun, and it reminds me of Bill Clinton’s first campaign (does anyone else remember the pre-Monica Lewinsky era when we all loved Bubba for eating Chicken McNuggets, playing tenor saxophone, and appearing on MTV?), and well, that’s about it.  The album certainly has that late 70s pop-rock sound, and if you are into that, I’m sure you will love it.  As for me, it’s just really not my cup of tea.  At least I only paid $6.47 for this on Amazon.

Other lists: “Go Your Own Way” is #120 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs.  Stevie Nicks is #98 on the list of the 100 Greatest Singers, and Lindsey Buckingham is #100 on the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists (maybe he would have scored higher if his first name wasn’t Lindsey…just sayin’)

Ch-ch-changes: This is yet another album that was moved down one spot from its position on the original list thanks to Robert Johnson’s “The Complete Recordings”.

My favourite track: “Songbird”

Honourable mention: “The Chain”

Quote: “Rulers make bad lovers: you better put your kingdom up for sale”

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