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USA Today (04/15/2003), Return of the Mac

USA Today, April 15, 2003

Return of the Mac
by Edna Gundersen

Pop/rock: Fleetwood Mac, Say You Will ( * * * out of four)

Like some kind of melodic flu, Fleetwood Mac periodically erupts after undergoing mutations and spreads a new, yet familiar, bout of infectious pop-rock. The current strain consists of founding members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie and singer/songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. This first original album with Nicks and Buckingham since 1987's Tango in the Night comes off as two interlocking solo albums more in sync with 1974's Buckingham Nicks than Mac's chart-busting Rumours. It's also the first without Christine McVie, whose harmonies, sunny sentimentality and spry keyboards gave Mac a certain pop lilt. That's occasionally missed, but her absence leaves a broader stage for Buckingham's agile guitar and Nicks' bewitching romanticism, resulting in darker, meatier fare. Buckingham brings tension and daring to his tunes; his breezy production cradles Nicks' fragile rasp, an impossible amalgam of strength and vulnerability in such bittersweet tales as 9/11 reflection Illume, Thrown Down and Silver Girl, a touching ode to Sheryl Crow. Say what you will about the band's bumpy past, Say You Will is a welcome relapse of the Mac attack.

Thanks to blinker12 for posting this to the Ledge.


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