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Boston Herald (04/16/2003), Fleetwood Mac "Say You Will"

Boston Herald, April 16, 2003

"Say You Will" (Reprise)
Two and one-half stars (out of four)

The "Rumours" lineup of Fleetwood Mac returns - with the exception of dropout Christine McVie - for a studio album that manages to be surprisingly strong and a disappointment at the same time. Splitting the songwriting and lead vocals exactly in half, " Say You Will" crams a Stevie Nicks CD and a Lindsey Buckingham CD into one disc. Nicks plays her usual Wiccan woman role, whether recalling 9-11 with the smell of Nag Champa incense or wondering whether she and her lover were "together in another life." Either you're enchanted by her mystic musings or you're rolling your eyes.

Buckingham supplies the jolts with nervy guitar playing, genuinely weird songs and some welcome abrasiveness. "Murrow Turning Over In His Grave" may be the wackiest pop media critique since R.E.M. asked "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"

Propelled by the still-exceptional rhythm section of namesakes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, " Say You Will" rates as the big Mac's best outing since Buckingham's late '80s departure. What it lacks is a future classic. No new "Rhiannon" or "Go Your Own Way" here, alas.

Thanks to blinker12 for posting this to the Ledge.

Date: 2003-04-16         Number of views: 1304

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