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Washington Post, 7/30/2001, Just Secondhand Nicks < Stevie Nicks < Main Page

Washington Post, 7/30/2001, Just Secondhand Nicks

Just Secondhand Nicks
Former Fleetwood Mac Singer Fails to Summon Her Usual Spirit

By Richard Harrington
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 30, 2001; Page C05

Stevie Nicks was somewhat under the weather at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday night. Having already postponed her three previous concerts, Nicks nonetheless took to the stage in an effort to please longtime fans excited about her first tour in three years, which is piggybacked on "Trouble in Shangri-La," her first solo album in seven. But Nicks's signature melodic rasp seemed a bit flat, her energy flagging, her focus unsteady. She was game but not victorious.

There were moments when Nicks sparkled -- the early nod to Fleetwood Mac's '70s glory with the haunted melancholy of "Dreams" and the supple mysticism of "Rhiannon," and later with such early '80s hits as the hard-edged "Stand Back" and "Edge of Seventeen," along with a punky "I Need to Know" -- but the most successful of the solo Macs was generally less impressive with her new songs.

Two of them, the despairing "Sorcerer" and fluffy "Planets of the Universe," were actually written in the mid-'70s, their vintage confirmed by meandering golden moldiness. And the atypical country lope of "Too Far >From Texas" missed the sassy twang of its album collaborator, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. On the other hand, "Every Day" was a wistful ballad of longing delivered with the genuine conviction evident earlier in "Gold Dust Woman," while the sinewy "Bombay Sapphires" served up gauzy atmosphere with a sense of purpose. As for "Fall From Grace," it seethed with enough roiling anger and anthemic bombast to suggest it could be about both the rise and fall of Fleetwood Mac and Nicks's fabled romantic travails.

Not surprisingly, heart songs dominated: Nicks kicked the concert off with her first post-Mac hit, the feisty entreaty "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," and ended it with the spare, melodramatic "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You," delivered with a vulnerability and naked emotionalism reminiscent of Judy Garland and Edith Piaf. There was the obligatory fashion parade -- mostly lacy shawls, it seemed -- and Nicks got valuable support from her longtime backup singers Lori Nicks and Sharon Celani and a crack band led by guitarist Waddy Wachtel. But overall the concert was disappointing, lacking the spunk and magic Nicks is quite capable of delivering.

Thanks to CL Moon forwarding this article to us.


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