Back again for week two, and I got a doozie for you people. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors is the band’s eleventh studio album, but only the second with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. It was recorded following the breakup of Nicks and Buckingham as well as the divorce of John and Christine McVie, and that tension really contributes a lot to each of these tracks. Another thing that supposedly contributed to the creation of this album was cocaine…and lots of it. Let’s take a look.
First of all, the album is going to lose points because Stevie Nicks only sings lead on three out of four tracks, but she kills it so she could get those points back. Lindsey Buckingham sings lead on half of the songs on the album but really shines on “Go Your Own Way”. He really gets into it on that track. Christine McVie also takes that lead on four songs, and may succeed at putting you to sleep on track six “Songbird”, and then again on track ten “Oh Daddy”. Overall this album is pretty airtight in the vocals department.
These guys nailed it in the instrumentals department. I’ve never had a cowbell get me so fired up the way it does at the beginning of “Gold Dust Woman” (and yes, I’ve heard “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult). But cowbell isn’t all they have to offer. John McVie lays a tight baseline throughout the album, which allows Lindsey Buckingham some room to really explore the space on guitar. Christine McVie also provides accompaniment on the keyboard, which brings out the pop sound that the band was looking for during recording. Although this is a pop album in many ways, the strong performances by very talented blues musicians helped it to stay grounded in a very rock and roll sound.
I don’t know much about the production of this album, but it sounds really good.
“Gold Dust Woman” and “Go Your Own Way”
Overall this is such an amazing album throughout. Some of the best songs released by this group were on this twelve track album. It’s really worth multiple listens should you find the time. I’ll give it a…..
Not an 8.9, or a 9.1, but a 9.0000. That’s my rating, let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Until next Thursday.