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New York Times, 6/19/1998, Stevie Nicks: Ethereal Siren in the Eyes of her Fans < Stevie Nicks < Main Page

New York Times, 6/19/1998, Stevie Nicks: Ethereal Siren in the Eyes of her Fans

New York Times, 6-19-98

Stevie Nicks: Ethereal Siren in the Eyes of Her Fans

By JON PARELES

NEW YORK -- The audience squealed with pleasure every time Stevie Nicks twirled in the spotlight at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday night.

Wearing long Renaissance-princess dresses of velvet and sequins, stroking the ribbons that dangled from her microphone and changing shawls with nearly every song -- gold for "Gold Dust Woman," white for the "white-winged dove" of "Nightbird" -- Ms. Nicks was still, for her fans, the otherworldly siren who sang "Rhiannon" with Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s.

A less worshipful listener heard something else: a singer with an out-of-tune croak enthusiastically working her way through two decades' of dewy-eyed narcissism.

After the commercial blockbuster of Fleetwood Mac's reunion tour, Ms. Nicks is on the road with her own band, reveling in the spotlight. "The greatest pleasure I've ever had onstage is to be able to actually talk to my audience," she chattered.

Ms. Nicks has been praised by performers from Sheryl Crow to Courtney Love as a feminine, sensual, self-possessed pioneer. On her solo recordings, which have been anthologized on "Enchanted" (Atlantic), Ms. Nicks has moved between earthy directness and goofy invocations of rain, doves and angels.

Sometimes Ms. Nicks identifies with elusive temptresses; sometimes she tears apart a rival; sometimes she proffers sisterly compassion. Her best songs, like "Stand Back," tap into lovers' contradictory impulses, with pop hooks holding together stream-of-consciousness confessions.

More came across as rambling adolescent diary entries. But as long as her audience wants to believe, she can still play at being a princess.

Thanks to CL Moon for sending this article to us.


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