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Philadelphia Daily News Street Angel Review
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STREET ANGEL Stevie Nicks / Modern * * *

The often-ethereal Stevie Nicks touches ground for the first time in ages. Most pleasurable are the tunes and plain-speak lyrics focused in the chugging anthem tone that drove Fleetwood Mac to the chart stratosphere. Check out ''Unconditional Love,'' ''Maybe Love,'' ''Blue Denim'' and ''Docklands,'' all strong reach-out-and-touch numbers.

The only thing missing is ex-partner Lindsey Buckingham's
vibrant vocal counterpoint and guitar. But Waddy Wachtel doesn't do a bad imitation of Lindsey's playing, or of Keith Richards' on her ''Listen To The Rain.''

The dreamy gypsy of ''Rhiannon'' and ''Sara'' fame makes fewer appearances here. Nicks sprinkles some fairy dust and cheap Dickensian imagery on the street urchin title character, and on ''Greta'' conjures up a Garbo-like mystique. Better that she's now focused in the real.

Nicks allows on the got-it-all-but-the-band-of-gold song ''Rose Garden'' that ''I was so spoiled, a princess in my time.'' She's fighting off addictions in ''Kick It.'' Animal rights activists will embrace the curious ''Jane,'' Nicks' benediction to the ''children of the world, the forgotten chimpanzee, in the eyes of the world you have done so much for me.''

No, she'll never be everywoman. But the five years since ''The Other Side of The Mirror'' has brought Nicks closer to her art and her listeners.

- JONATHAN TAKIFF


Date: 1994-06-10         Number of views: 1359

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